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Editor's Correspondence
May 27, 2013

Is It Time to Eliminate the Need for Overnight Fasting for Lipid Tests in Patients With Diabetes?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing (Dr Aldasouqi); and Grunberger Diabetes Institute, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Dr Grunberger).

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(10):936-937. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.398

We read with interest the recent study by Sidhu and Naugler.1 Corroborating the findings of several recent studies, this large cross-sectional study showed little association between fasting times and lipid subclass levels. The authors suggested that fasting for routine lipid levels is largely unnecessary. While this study1 underscores the futility and inconvenience of the “traditional requirement” for fasting for the purpose of lipid testing, we would like to take this opportunity to draw the attention of the medical community to a related safety issue within a vulnerable sector of the population, people with diabetes.