I am having a cholesterol test tomorrow. It is at nine of the clock. Receptionist told me I must fast for twelve hours before. I turned to the net and sought an opinion that suited me better.
Food won't be a problem as I rarely eat after dinner until I have to force some breakfast down, but on holidays and not having a drink or two after nine pm or coffee in the morning. Whiskers on that.
Here is what I found.
Fast can be as low as eight hours before test.
No alcohol for twenty four hours before test.
For a meaningful test, sixteeen hours is the suggested period.
There is only one minor result that can be affected by breaking fast.
No food, (no mention of drinks) twelve hours before test.
Don't have cheese and olives at midnight the evening before your test.
And the one I am following, no calorie or fat intake ten hours before the test.
While I am fancying bacon and eggs and a nice cup of coffee after I leave Doctor, I expect I will bolt to home for cereal, toast and instant coffee.