What variables could affect test results?
- Patient variables including exercise, diet, age, sex, circadian variation, posture, obesity, stress, smoking and medication may affect laboratory test results.
- An individual’s diet and lifestyle may affect laboratory test results. It is generally recommended that the night before laboratory tests patients avoid high-fat foods, alcohol and strenuous exercise.
- Patients should ask their doctors if certain medications should be stopped prior to lab testing as certain medications may interfere with the laboratory test results.