Model-Free Intelligent Diabetes Management Using Machine Learning

  • Author / Creator
    Bastani, Meysam
  • Each patient with Type-1 diabetes must decide how much insulin to inject before each meal to maintain an acceptable level of blood glucose. The actual injection dose is based on a formula that takes current blood glucose level and the meal size into consideration. While following this insulin regimen, the patient records their insulin injections, blood glucose readings, meal sizes and potentially other information in a diabetes diary. During clinical visits, the diabetologist analyzes these records to decide how best to adjust the patient's insulin formula. This research provides methods from supervised learning and reinforcement learning that automatically adjust this formula using data from a patient's diabetes diary. These methods are evaluated on twenty \emph{in-silico} patients, achieving a performance that is often comparable to that of an expert diabetologist. Our experimental results demonstrate that both supervised learning and reinforcement learning methods appear effective in helping to manage diabetes.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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