Synopsis of Nutriweek - On Importance of blood test and variation in reports across labs
This session was conducted by Dr Pratik Jariwala, MD Pathology in 2007 Consultant Pathologist, Currently Asst Director and Head Clinical Biochemistry & Immunochemistry. Has been instrumental in developing numerous new tests and departments at Dr Jariwala Laboratory.
Variations in labs occur from 5-25% so stick to one lab to reduce the same it can be analytical within the labs or among different labs.
Go to a lab that has a qualified pathologist and is not run by technicians.
The reports of such labs should be accepted all over or atleast in reputed hospitals.
Glucometers must be calibrated every 6 months.
There is going to be a variation in blood sugar readings of a glucometer and lab because of variation in the place from where the blood is taken like venous and capillary.
Importance of fasting esp for blood sugar and lipids - On a daily basis, the normal range for blood sugar and lipids undergoes changes hour to hour depending on recent ingestion of food and drink. By fasting, one is getting a baseline sugar and lipid value that is not influenced by a recent meal.
His take home message was “ trust and always stick to one lab only DON"T GO SHOPPING”