Most people who get a cholesterol test do not need to fast or avoid eating beforehand. Your doctor may ask you to fast if you are taking a statin. Statins are medicines used to treat high cholesterol. Your doctor may also ask you to fast if you have a family history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease. If you are not sure, ask your doctor if you should fast before your appointment.
Getting a cholesterol test? Ask your doctor if fasting is best!