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