The Times are Changing – Fasting No Longer Required at 9Health Fair

Over the years, 9Health Fair participants have grown accustomed to skipping breakfast before attending their fair to have their blood drawn. Well, now things are changing.

The 9Health Fair Medical Advisory Committee has determined that fasting is not required (optional) for blood screenings. Beginning this spring, 9Health Fair will now allow the drawing non-fasting blood samples, which makes fasting completely optional!

A study suggests that when assessing risk for heart disease, a blood sample from someone who has not fasted is just as accurate as 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 triglyceride and blood sugar levels can be affected by eating prior to having your blood drawn. The levels may be higher than your fasting results, but not by enough to make a large difference. 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.

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.

Time to Get Your Blood Draw at a 9Health Fair
Now that you have this new information, it’s time to get a 9Health Fair date on your calendar. Find a fair
near you – the results will provide you with the information you need to live a healthy life.