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Tips for getting more accurate bloodwork?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 8:14 AM

What things can a person do prior to the test in an attempt to get more accurate bloodwork?

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Thank You for the help!

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Yup, being dehydrated makes it harder to find a vein too. Last time I got tested the tech who was drawing my blood told me about an elderly couple complaining that they couldn't drink coffee before their test. Ummm, because it'll mess up your results? LOL

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Follow the directions for fasting; eating too soon will throw glucose and tricyclerides off. Try not to stress beforehand as cortisol will cause a higher fasting glucose. Drink at least a cup on water beforehand and hydrate well the day before, so electrolytes and RBCs aren't elevated because of reduced blood volume.

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on September 09, 2011
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Thank You for the help!

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:31 AM

Yup, being dehydrated makes it harder to find a vein too. Last time I got tested the tech who was drawing my blood told me about an elderly couple complaining that they couldn't drink coffee before their test. Ummm, because it'll mess up your results? LOL

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