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   Fisting may no longer be necessary before cholesterol test. Sorry: fasting

13 Nov 2012 06:43 PM   |   3185 clicks   |   CBS News
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queezyweezel    [TotalFark]  
*Snert*

13 Nov 2012 01:15 PM
Smeggy Smurf    [TotalFark]  
Excellent! Now I can study for that test

/triglicehemmerhoisesohwhateverhthell theyare are too high yeah yeah shut up doc I get my exercise and eat to make me happy not your pocketbook

13 Nov 2012 06:45 PM
Robo Beat     
But you can. Y'know, if you want to. No pressure.

13 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
MrHappyRotter     
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

UUUUUUUUHHHHHHHCK.


I've been fisting for 3 days in preparation for that test.

13 Nov 2012 06:52 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
Uh....

13 Nov 2012 06:52 PM
Fista-Phobia     
Heh. I had a lipid panel today.

13 Nov 2012 06:55 PM
TomD9938     
Even though it may not be as necessary as previously thought, I'm still going to do it anyway.

I actually enjoy it (somewhat), even though it makes it harder to get to sleep.

It helps in cleansing the lower intestines and makes you appreciate it when you're not doing it.

13 Nov 2012 06:57 PM
GranoblasticMan     

TomD9938: Even though it may not be as necessary as previously thought, I'm still going to do it anyway.

I actually enjoy it (somewhat), even though it makes it harder to get to sleep.

It helps in cleansing the lower intestines and makes you appreciate it when you're not doing it.


I'm afraid to ask...

13 Nov 2012 06:58 PM
Jument     
I got my cholesterol tested recently. Thankfully I did not make the classic fasting/fisting mistake. NTTAWWT.

13 Nov 2012 06:59 PM
rev. dave     
When I eat carbs, my cholesterol is up especially triglycerides, when I don't, it drops by 60%. So carb fasting does help me. Tried test 6x so far so not even close to statistically significant.

13 Nov 2012 07:13 PM
Vodnik     
As the article states, unless your triglyceride levels are elevated, you probably don't need to fast prior to doing a lipid panel. What it doesn't say however, is that in a lipid panel, the LDL ("bad cholesterol") is calculated (total cholesterol - [triglycerides/5 + HDL]) and that this formula is invalidated by high triglyceride levels. The LDL level can be measured directly and is something you should ask your doctor to order. In fact, if you're on a statin for hypercholesterolemia and it's established that your HDL and triglyceride levels are normal, you only need to monitor the directly measured LDL (along with an ALT--a liver test--after statin initiation or dosage increase).

13 Nov 2012 07:15 PM
Iowan73     
My doctor is going to receive a very strongly worded letter.

13 Nov 2012 07:16 PM
Vitamin Pb    [TotalFark]  
May I just say, I want to nominate this for HOTY contest.

/Can't...stop...laughing

13 Nov 2012 08:01 PM
Ed Finnerty     
Dr. Babbar will see you now.

13 Nov 2012 08:23 PM
unalivezombie     
The key is that if it the results are high, then they will make you do the test again, and then you get to be one of the lucky winners who still have to fast.

The differences don't seem insignificant to me. A 10% or 20% difference can determine whether your results show if you are or are not in a bad range or not.

This is a win for anyone who is OK, however if you aren't OK, or (even better) get a false positive, this is inconvenient. Why take two tests when you can take just one?

Still, don't expect any changes in the near future. It would likely take more studies and confirmation before this would be become standard, Not to mention some of this may be up to personal preference of the management of the particular institution doing the test.

/currently studying to work in a medical lab so this is quite relevant to my interests.

13 Nov 2012 08:41 PM
The_Fuzz     
but we still have to do it for the colonoscopies, right? The fisting, I mean.

13 Nov 2012 08:46 PM
kidsizedcoffin     
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I don't think my insurance covers this.

13 Nov 2012 08:52 PM
Mad_Radhu     
Well, duh. All that Crisco is going to obviously screw with the results.

13 Nov 2012 08:56 PM
Contrabulous Flabtraption    [TotalFark]  
I like fisting porn

13 Nov 2012 09:08 PM
Frederf     
So the fisting is still required?

13 Nov 2012 09:26 PM
KrispyKritter     
have blood drawn for cholesterol tests every 2 months, have for years. was never told to fast or fist.

13 Nov 2012 09:30 PM
maggoo     
And you thought death panels were bad.

13 Nov 2012 09:35 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: I like fisting porn


Did we need to know that? No, we did not.

13 Nov 2012 09:42 PM
darch    [TotalFark]  
Dirtygardengirl.com

13 Nov 2012 09:44 PM
Oreamnos     
Many times this "wrong word" headline formula is predictable and not funny. This is not one of those times. Good work.

13 Nov 2012 09:55 PM
therabbitofcaerbannog     
Yeah, I don't buy their study. I'm a family medicine doc. I see more lipid tests a day than I care to count. I routinely find someone with an elevated triglyceride level out of the blue, call them, ask them specifically if they fasted or not. When they admit that, yeah, they had their usual breakfast and just didn't tell us, we have them repeat the test. Low and behold their triglycerides are back to normal in a 2 day span. I've seen triglycerides go from the 300-400 range back to the 100-150 range in a matter of a couple of days. And yes, LDL is usually a calculated number based on triglycerides, so it is messed up to a lesser extent.

13 Nov 2012 09:58 PM
DaCaptain19     
So you're basically telling me the fact that I can't sit down comfortably for weeks now, was totally unnecessary?

Too little, too late.

13 Nov 2012 10:25 PM
poison_amy     

Gyrfalcon: Contrabulous Flabtraption: I like fisting porn

Did we need to know that? No, we did not.


I needed to know. I'm Gyrfalcon's Secret Santa. Now I know what to shop for.

13 Nov 2012 10:55 PM
Olympus Mons     
My grandmother had my aunt breach birth. The doctor had to basically stick his hand up there to turn the baby around. My grandmother was not a fan of this. ...But to stay on topic she did fast before her cholesterol test.

Honestly do women enjoy this. I waiting to see if footing takes over fisting. Hey a foot is bigger than a hand.....Hmmmmm footing.

14 Nov 2012 12:55 AM
Nogale     
Just have blood drawn in the morning; it's not a big deal to fast from 8pm to 8am.

14 Nov 2012 03:27 AM
thewulf     

DaCaptain19: So you're basically telling me the fact that I can't sit down comfortably for weeks now, was totally unnecessary?

Too little, too late.


Too little? You said it was a good size!

/not obscure

14 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
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