After conceiving a beautiful baby girl, Whitney E. Boesel participated in the Bloodtester’s Project - a group of self-trackers conducting their own experiments to better understand their cholesterol together. After having her baby, Whitney learned that her cholesterol was unusually high and she became curious to understand what the cause was. She presented her findings, Cholesterol Variability: Hours, Days, And My Ovulatory Cycle, at the QS CVD Symposium earlier this year.
Given that one side of Whitney’s family genetics has very high cholesterol, she wondered if it was finally time she had to stop eating so much cheese, or if rather, it was simply high due to having a baby. Using an at home cholesterol testing device (Cardiochek), she decided to test a fairly unusual hypothesis: if she does absolutely nothing, will her cholesterol get better all by itself? After getting more cholesterol data points ever recorded of a woman post-birth, she happily discovers that her cholesterol did just get better as her body’s hormones shifted back to her own. She continues to track her cholesterol among other things and we look forward to hear what she learns next.
We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.