Hi Cynthia – How can you make sure to have the most accurate ALCAT results? Is it recommended that you fast, or have eaten? Would you have better results if you did the test after completing a cleanse or detox? Thanks Kimberly
Hi Kimberly, the only restrictions for the ALCAT test are that you must refrain from taking anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories and high doses of vitamin C for 48 hours prior to testing. Each of these items will influence your results and you won’t have accurate data.
If you have been taking a steroid like prednisone every day for a long time, then it isn’t a problem. The body adjusts and it becomes part of your physiology. It won’t affect the test. However if you’ve taken a short course of a high level of a steroid like 20 or 40 mg, then it is recommended to wait a week before testing.
It is crucial that the instructions for packing and shipping the blood draw are followed explicitly, as this will affect results and can cause a need for another draw. The blood sample must be packed with the ice pack that is included and it must be sent to the lab the same day the blood is drawn. The sample must be received at the lab the next day.
Other than that, no special instructions must be followed. No need for fasting, cleansing, detoxing or changing the diet — it will have no impact on the results.