Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 96–97

Serum Lipid Profile: Fasting or Non-fasting?

Letter to the editor


Serum lipid profile has now become almost a routine test. It is usually done in fasting state due to certain limitations in non-fasting serum sample. In the recent past efforts have been made to simplify blood sampling by replacing fasting lipid profile with non-fasting lipid profile. However, fasting specimen is preferred if cardiovascular risk assessment is based on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol or non-HDL cholesterol. A lot has yet to be done in this area. Till then we have to believe in fasting lipid profile for assessment and management of cardiovascular disease.


Lipids Fasting Non-fasting 

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© Association of Clinical Biochemists of India 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyCSM Medical University, U.P.LucknowIndia

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