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Understand Fasting-Fasting Defined

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Understand Fasting: Fasting Defined

Fasting Defined:

Understand Fasting-Fasting Defined: Fasting is defined as the avoidance of consuming food, fluids or both for some time.

Some reasons for fasting:

  • Religious or Spiritual:    Many religions practice fasting as part of their worship.
  • Diet: Some diets have an element of fasting
  • Intermittent fasting:  Intermittent fasting is a popular adjunct to the Keto diet where you fast for a set time daily.
  • Pre Operative: when going for a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia you will be asked to fast from the night before (not to drink or eat the night before surgery)  so to avoid a severe complication called aspiration.
  • Blood Test:  Many blood tests require a period of fasting for accurate results
    • Blood glucose test
    • Cholesterol test
    • Triglyceride level test
    • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) level test
    • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level test
    • Basic metabolic panel
    • Comprehensive Metabolic panel
    • Kidney function panel
    • Liver function test

  • Colonoscopy:  You can not eat for some time before a colonoscopy to ensure the bowl is free of stool.

Updated on February 17, 2019

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