Novel control system for blood glucose using a model predictive method

ASAIO J. Nov-Dec 2000;46(6):657-62. doi: 10.1097/00002480-200011000-00004.


We developed a novel blood glucose control system, using a model predictive method, to achieve optimal control of the blood glucose level in severely diabetic or pancreatectomized patients. This system is designed to predict glucose level changes in advance, considering delayed response time and the administered doses of insulin. This method is also designed to calculate the most appropriate insulin infusion rate by considering differences in individual response to insulin. In this study, we compared our system with a conventional proportional and differential controller (PD controller) to determine whether the new system could regulate the glucose level efficiently in pancreatectomized dogs. The model predictive control method resulted in a significant reduction of mean insulin infusion rate compared with the conventional PD controller (0.71 mU/kg per min vs. 1.81 mU/kg per min, p = 0.0005), when the glucose level in both methods reached the planned target level (100 mg/dl). The new system also tended to have a reduced mean glucose infusion rate for compensating for overshooting of the glucose level compared with the PD controller (0.7 mg/kg per min vs. 1.1 mg/kg per min, p = 0.16). These results indicate that the new system should be a useful tool for regulating the glucose level in severely diabetic patients.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Dogs
  • Feedback
  • Humans
  • Insulin / administration & dosage
  • Insulin Infusion Systems*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Pancreatectomy


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin