User story: How My Nightingale is helping Jari understand his health to get back on the right track

The 49-year-old chief architect from Reaktor tried the My Nightingale test as a gift from his employer and the numbers weren’t looking good. But that’s old news. Here’s how Jari upturned his health results within a few months by just modifying his diet.

Blood tests are not new to Jari. So, when there were a few red warning signs in his first My Nightingale test results, he wasn’t surprised. “I have had high cholesterol in the past and heart problems run on both sides of my family. But what caught my attention is that the numbers were higher than my last measurements. Also, the app helped me understand how my ApoB and ApoA1 results, which are primarily related to heart health, were also affecting my diabetes resistance,” says Jari.

“Earlier lab reports were just fluctuating numbers. But a visual breaking down of my blood results and how they’re interlinked gave me a more holistic understanding of health, helped me make my conclusions on where I was going wrong and find suitable solutions,” he adds.

From red to right

Jari knew he had to change his diet. "I had a very delicious piece of brie at home and I threw it in the trash. It was like an alcoholic pouring his bottles down the drain," Jari laughs. "After that, I stopped eating all animal products, including egg and dairy. Fish was the only exception."

Jari also got some peer support when his daughter came back to Finland from abroad due to the corona situation. "She has been following a similar diet for some time now and was encouraging me by sharing new recipes from different countries and interesting cooking ideas. So, I was trying out different stuff, from South Korean pancakes to Szechuan dishes, and it was all so interesting that I didn’t feel that I lost anything,” tells Jari.

Jari’s summer experiment showed results when he took a free follow-up test in June. In just four months, his cholesterol balance score improved from 56 to 77 (a massive improvement). Also, his overall Nightingale Health Index jumped from 75 to 81. “This was a big motivational boost and proof that I am going in the right direction,” admits Jari.

What Jari plans to do next

This time Jari is determined to stay on the right path. He was planning to start biking to his work. But due to the corona situation, like many of us, he too has been remote working. “I found that working from home was making my lifestyle even more inactive than it was before. At work, you take the stairs a couple of times a day, often go for coffee breaks, walk to the meeting rooms — all these little activities build up during the day. But when you are working from your couch or kitchen, you're stuck at the same spot having back to back calls. So, to maintain my daily activity, I have started mimicking my commute — going for a walk or a run before and after work,” he shares.

“I am not getting any younger and I know I need to follow my health and lifestyle more closely going forward,” says Jari. He will be taking follow-up tests every 3 to 4 months until all his health numbers are good. After reaching that goal, he plans to switch to a bi-annual follow-up routine.

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