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Of course, we are doing that experiment for them now!
It occurred to me, however, that if you are going to the doctor's to have your cholesterol checked you should probably not schedule it for the day after a fast as it might give a misleading result!
I fast on a Tuesday and Thursday, my blood test was 10.30 am on a Wednesday. So this makes a lot of sense.
Since I got my results I've been using "my fitness pal" to monitor my eating, and I've had no dietary cholesterol all week, and generally eat healthily. I've made an appointment to see the nutritionist in about 6 weeks and I want to get their views on it before I decide if I carry on the 5:2. I don't want to give up!
I have read that fish oil is *only* useful for treating high triglicerides. It's not actually useful for other cardiac issues as most people think. My mom had very high triglicerides and she's been on fish oil for two years. It's helped a lot - she refuses to take any medication, but for some reason supplements are a-ok in her book (insert eyeroll here).
As Carorees said, avoid fasting before a cholesterol screening. If I were you, I would avoid fasting for two days, just to be sure! So maybe eat normally on the weekend, and get your bloodwork first thing Monday morning. Best of luck.
It's worth noting that medical professionals are busy people and may or may not be up on the latest studies. They tend to have a wide spectrum of opinions, just like people anywhere. If they're saying something that sounds uneducated or weird, feel free to do your own research. Don't let a nutritionist tell you to avoid fasting, if they're not well versed on Dr. Varaday's research.
Now if they *are* well versed on the research and can cite studies showing fasting is ok unless you have condition x, y or z, then that's a more considered opinion, in my book