Taking Control of Her High Cholesterol and Health
September 23, 2020
In 2018, Jordan Stiteler became a Healthy Nevada Project advocate. Her DNA results revealed that she had Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). FH is a genetic condition that can cause high cholesterol. Since then, Jordan’s taken action to lower her cholesterol and make her family aware of this potentially dangerous condition.
Read the first part of Jordan’s story here.
Taking Control of High Cholesterol
Looking at Jordan, an active young mother, you would never suspect she has high cholesterol. However, because of FH, Jordan’s cholesterol levels are unusually high. She chose to take action when learning of her FH gene, in order to maintain her long-term health.
Jordan started by exercising more and eating healthier. “I’ve definitely been checking all the labels to see if the food has a lot of cholesterol, trans fats, or saturated fats,” she explains. She now eats a 100% plant-based diet which helps to lower her cholesterol naturally.
Additionally, Jordan partnered with Dr. Michael Bloch, a lipid specialist, to monitor and manage her cholesterol. She told Dr. Bloch that she and her husband were planning on having a second baby. With this in mind, he helped Jordan create a plan to accommodate her pregnancy.
Several months after giving birth to her beautiful daughter Logan, it was time to revisit her cholesterol treatment plan. Dr. Bloch prescribed Jordan a statin called Lipitor. It successfully cut her total cholesterol by half in just three months.
“I had blood work done in November 2019 and my total cholesterol was 293 (normal is less than 199). I started taking cholesterol medication in February 2020. I had blood work done in June 2020 and my total cholesterol was 149, ” Jordan shares. “My LDLs went from 219 to 78! I am so grateful that the medication worked so well and so quickly! It’s a weight lifted off of my shoulders.”
Although Jordan no longer limits herself to a strictly vegan diet, she is mindful of what she eats and how it affects her cholesterol. She’s thrilled that her cholesterol is now at a healthy level!
Empowering Her Family with Knowledge
Since FH is a genetic condition, Jordan knew that some of her family members must have it too. She encouraged her family to participate in the Healthy Nevada Project, and many of them took her advice. “We were able to discover that the FH runs on my dad’s side, because my dad’s mom also has FH. We also found out that my brother has FH as do at least two other extended family members on my dad’s side of the family,” she observes.
The Healthy Nevada Project made Jordan and her family aware of FH and its potential dangers. Now that her family members have this knowledge, they can also take action to manage their cholesterol and maintain their health.
“I can’t say thank you enough, I know I wouldn’t have found out about this any other way. The impact that it has made on my family is incredible, especially for my brother who is probably at more of a risk than me to have a heart attack or stroke because of his gender,” states Jordan.
Healthy Nevada Project
This study is helping DRI, Renown Health and Nevadans begin to understand how environmental factors and genetics play a role in health. It can help predict who may be at risk for certain conditions, allow for quicker diagnoses, and encourage the development of more precise healthcare treatments.
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