Lipid profile fasting

Why 12 hours fasting is needed For lipid profile test? Can we drink water while on 12 hours fasting for lipid profile?
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Dr. Vinod Veerapalli Bangalore | General Physician
Blood cholesterol levels vary in their levels in blood according to the diet we take. To maintain uniformity and to draw any meaningful conclusions, lipid profile is done in a fasting state. Yes, you can have little water if you are very thirsty. Try not to take too much as again it stimulates gut hormones which can effect cholesterol levels.
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