Laboratory blood test come to the doctor on an empty stomach. Many patients are uncertain what to do and what not to do before they present for blood tests. We briefly explain what you should pay attention to:
Blood samples – do you really have to come on an empty stomach?
Empty stomach – what does that mean for doctors?
According to the latest medical research, blood tests on empty stomach are only required if diabetes is suspected or if the patient has diabetes.
Empty stomach to the doctor, in case of diabetes, means that you may drink a glass of water before providing a blood sample.
Fasting means that you must not have eaten for at least 8, preferably 12 hours before you go provide a blood sample.
Fasting also means: do not drink any juices, milk or sugared drinks
Medication: Please talk to us if you are taking medication regularly
Smoking: We naturally recommend all patients not to smoke at all. However, if you are in the process of giving up smoking, we ask you not to smoke for at least 8 to 10 hours before providing a blood sample.