One of the benefits offered after your third successful donation within the calendar year is an Advanced Wellness Check, which provides donors with a complete lipid profile: fasting cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides.
Donor Rewards donors can track their advanced wellness results through My Personal Donation History. Donors can use the Advanced Wellness Check only one time per calendar year.
Understanding cholesterol numbers is as important as getting cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. Keep in mind that regular doctor visits are recommended for the ideal health care practices.
General information and basic guidelines regarding aspects of cholesterol management can be found here.
A lipid profile is a group of tests to determine a person’s risk of coronary artery disease. These tests have been shown to be good indicators of whether or not someone is likely to have a heart attack and/or stroke caused by blocked vessels.
LDL cholesterol can accumulate on the walls of arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This is why LDL cholesterol is commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol. The lower the LDL cholesterol number, the better. The following numbers reflect LDL cholesterol levels.
LDL Cholesterol Result
LDL Cholesterol Category
|Less than 100||Optimal|
|190 and higher||Very High|
HDL cholesterol is commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol. The higher the HDL cholesterol number, the better. HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking “bad” cholesterol out of the blood and keeping it from accumulating in the arteries. The following numbers reflect HDL cholesterol levels.
HDL Cholesterol Result
HDL Cholesterol Category
|60 and higher||Optimal: helps lower the risk of heart disease|
|Less than 40 in men /
Less than 50 in women
|Low: considered a risk factor for heart disease|
Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and in the body. In some people, a high triglyceride level has been linked to the occurrence of coronary artery disease. The following numbers reflect triglycerides levels.
|Less than 150||Normal|
|500 or higher||Very high|
Total cholesterol is a measure of both HDL and LDL cholesterol and other lipid components in the blood. The following numbers reflect total cholesterol levels.
Total Cholesterol Category
|Less than 200||Desirable|
|240 and higher||High|