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Fasting Blood Work

Instructions for Fasting Blood Work
This test is used to test for diabetes and for cholesterol testing.

Your provider has ordered a test that requires a 12-hour period of fasting before your blood is drawn.
1. Do not eat or drink anything except plain water for 12 hours before having your blood drawn.

2. Avoid smoking, breath mints and gum chewing prior to having your blood drawn.

3. Take any medications ordered by your provider but do not follow any food-related instructions for the medication. Refer to these instructions instead.

4. Bring any written information or laboratory slips the provider gave you with your Kaiser Permanente medical record number when reporting for the tests.