Owning your health just got even easier. With over 130 locations from April 17-May 2 to choose from, it’s always been convenient to attend 9Health Fair. This year, you don’t have to fast before getting the blood chemistry screening.
The 9Health Fair Medical Advisory Committee has determined that fasting is not required (optional) for blood screenings. Recent studies suggest that when assessing risk for heart disease, a blood sample from someone who has not fasted is more accurate than a sample from someone who has fasted. This is good news for both healthcare providers and patients, as fasting for routine blood work sometimes presents an inconvenience and may discourage routine screening.
What happens if I don’t fast?
Your glucose and triglyceride levels can be affected by eating prior to having your blood drawn. The levels may be different than your fasting results, however, as long as you can report how many hours it has been since you’ve eaten, medical professionals will know how to interpret your results.
The range of acceptable values on the results reflect fasting values. Even though these are the ranges you will see on the Quest Diagnostics results, here are the ranges health care professionals use when interpreting non-fasting glucose levels:
Under 140 mg/dl normal
140-199 mg/dl pre-diabetic
200 and above diabetes
9Health Fair offers another screening, the Hemoglobin A1c, that measures glucose metabolism over a two or three month period. This test is a very good screening test, and is not impacted by fasting. The Hemoglobin A1c screening costs $30 and is available at all 9Health Fairs.
The normal range for fasting triglycerides is 150 mg/dl or lower. It is estimated that non-fasting can raise your triglycerides by up to 20%. There is a mounting body of evidence in the medical literature that non fasting triglyceride results are both a more accurate representation your true levels and are more predictive of your risk of developing atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) which can lead to heart attack and stroke as well as reduced blood flow to vital organs and ones extremities.
If your fasting triglyceride level is at the top of the normal range (150 mg/dl), your non fasting triglycerides could be up to 180 mg/dl which is a small differenc
e that would not be a major factor in your health care provider’s ability to decide your treatment options.
As always, people with diabetes should not fast; it is recommended that you check with your medical provider for specific recommendations. You are encouraged to drink plenty of water and continue to take prescription medications in preparation for your blood draw.
9Health Fair is proud to be on the front end of this important medical trend that helps break down obstacles from receiving health screenings that can provide accurate, valuable information to each participant and his/her health care provider.
For more information go to 9HealthFair.org/fasting or specific questions call 9Health Fair at 303-698-4455.