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VA No Longer Requires Fasting for Most Blood Tests

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Beginning April 17, 2023, the VA will no longer require fasting for most blood tests.

Why the change?

  • Accurate blood test results can be obtained without overnight fasting for most blood tests.
  • New research shows overnight fasting can cause low blood sugar. Especially for people with diabetes. 
  • Low blood sugar can lead to accidents and other harmful events.
  • After fasting all night, everyone wants a blood test first thing in the morning. No fasting means getting your blood tests anytime during normal clinic hours.

What is not changing?

  • Some special blood tests still require fasting or not taking certain medicines.
  • Your health care team will give you detailed instructions if you should not take your daily medicines or need to fast for a blood test.

If you have any questions, contact your primary care team

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