Diabetes is a widespread illness affecting 5 per cent of the population. In diabetics the metabolism produces an excess of glucose in the blood and, as a result, a number of sufferers need doses of insulin which allows them to regulate their glucose levels.
Currently, the method of administering insulin to diabetic patients making use of emergency services for insulin dosage depends on the experience of the qualified personnel. That is, the same patient can receive different insulin doses, and in different ways, according to the doctor attending her or him.
In order to improve this system of administration, Doctor Tomás Rubio proposed in his doctoral thesis the development of a mathematical model which would facilitate predicting the exact amount of insulin needed by a patient at any time. The thesis showed that both the absorption constant (the time taken for the insulin to enter the blood and become effective) as well as the elimination constant (the time taken for the insulin to disappear), is different for each patient. Moreover, for any one patient this absorption constant varies with time.
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