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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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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