A Systems Approach to T1D Care

Understanding and Treatment of T1D from a Systems Engineering Perspective - Article 1 of 7

Diabetes care is especially complex for T2D because there are a lot of variables that impact the effect of food, insulin, and exercise on blood glucose.

Fortunately for Type 1 diabetes, the body’s food and insulin inputs, and the resulting blood glucose output is relatively straightforward, and knowing how they work together can help in achieving BG control.

Author of Series

David Worthington is a former control systems engineer with 35 years experience managing his T1D. Before retiring, he wrote a half-dozen papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has written this series of articles to help others like him understand the variables, their interactions, and the tools available to help manage their blood glucose.

Who is the Series for?

This series is intended for four audiences:

  1. Parents of newly diagnosed T1D children
  2. Emerging T1D adults who are taking over their care
  3. Older folk with new, late-onset T1D
  4. Anyone who wants to improve their current care

Content of Series

There are six articles in the series plus a dedicated section on Acronyms and References.

This series was written so that each article can be read independently. That said, the first three articles provide a baseline that is useful to get the most from the rest of the series.

I was well established in my engineering career in 1984 when, at age 39, I came down with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I was always technically inclined, and majored in physics in college, then did graduate work in Cybernetic Systems. My focus was on engineering control systems, including adaptive control and model-based control, as opposed to traditional feedback control.

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