Study casts doubt on value of lipid-test fasting

Data from 16,000 people shows accuracy similar with or without food

The widely recommended practice of fasting for eight to 12 hours before a lipid test is unwarranted, say US experts.

Published in Circulation, their study looks at the long-term value of lipid panels to predict death and heart disease in both fasting and non-fasting cohorts.

Prognostic accuracy was about the same in both groups, according to the analysis of data

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