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Blood Testing – Why it is Important to Fast 12-14 Hours

Why it's Important to Water Fast 12-14 Hours before Blood Testing

Dave Feldman is one of the up-and-coming analytical experts in the area of lipid metabolism while in ketosis. His background is in high-technology in which he applies to metabolic health. For years the medical establishment system has been lacking in scientific discoveries pertaining to metabolic health and the cause of age-related chronic diseases. Dave Feldman, among other low-carb experts are helping to elucidate key metabolic performance indicators and the results they have with aging, health, and lifespan.  

Triglycerides & Blood Testing

In the video to the right, Dave profiles his triglycerides using an in-home Accucheck device. What he found is important. It shows how triglycerides change over time, particularly in the early morning hours. Why is this important? there are a number of reasons, but most notably is influencing blood tests. You see, general practitioners may misdiagnose an elevated triglyceride state in patients simply due to the amount of fasting time they followed prior to their blood tests. 

Dave Feldman - Fasting & Triglycerides

Why are Triglycerides Important for Anti-Aging?

Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, having a high level of triglycerides in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease. But the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help lower your triglycerides, too.

Normal triglycerides:

  • Normal — Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or less than 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L)
  • Borderline high — 150 to 199 mg/dL (1.8 to 2.2 mmol/L)
  • High — 200 to 499 mg/dL (2.3 to 5.6 mmol)
  • Very high — 500 mg/dL or above (5.7 mmol/L or above)
While it’s important to manage triglycerides, it is even more important to be aware of the fasting time prior to your blood test.

High triglycerides can also be a sign of:

  • Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome — a condition when high blood pressure, obesity and high blood sugar occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease
  • Low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism)
  • Certain rare genetic conditions that affect how your body converts fat to energy
Most of our clinics support blood testing. However if you would like to get your blood testing done prior to visiting one of our clinics, you may do so be clicking on the link below.