Title

Food Journal for Pancreatitis Patients

Lead Author Major

Computer Science

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Computer Science

Second Author Status

Senior

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Michael Canniff

Faculty Mentor Department

School Of Engineering and Computer Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

Pancreatitis is a rare condition that affects around 300,000 people a year in the United States. Because of such a small population with this condition there is not as much awareness and specialized applications that can assist the affected.

The medical background is that the pancreas is roughly six inches long and located behind the stomach. The purpose of the pancreas it to produce enzymes to assist with digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates; It also produces insulin to regulate blood sugars. If the enzymes the pancreas produces do not fully leave the pancreas they will start to digest the organ; this is known as pancreatitis. Every attack of pancreatitis has the possibility of damaging the pancreas causing the person to become diabetic over time. One way a person can try to control the amount of attacks uncured is by regulating their diet.

As a result, we have created an application that will track the amount of food a person takes along with providing suggestions for insulin and lipase amounts. This application will also give the users the ability to journalize their mood, symptoms and their meal. Based on this information, they will have the ability to share their food journal as a PDF with any email address that they choose. Furthermore, this application will give the user graphs so they can quickly correlate the pain they were experiencing with the food that may have caused it.

In order to have data to support the application, research was conducted to compile a repository of information based on various foods and food groups. This information includes proteins, carbohydrates, total fats and sugars that help the application compute insulin and lipase amounts.

Location

Virtual

Start Date

25-4-2020 2:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2020 4:00 PM

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Food Journal for Pancreatitis Patients

Virtual

Pancreatitis is a rare condition that affects around 300,000 people a year in the United States. Because of such a small population with this condition there is not as much awareness and specialized applications that can assist the affected.

The medical background is that the pancreas is roughly six inches long and located behind the stomach. The purpose of the pancreas it to produce enzymes to assist with digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates; It also produces insulin to regulate blood sugars. If the enzymes the pancreas produces do not fully leave the pancreas they will start to digest the organ; this is known as pancreatitis. Every attack of pancreatitis has the possibility of damaging the pancreas causing the person to become diabetic over time. One way a person can try to control the amount of attacks uncured is by regulating their diet.

As a result, we have created an application that will track the amount of food a person takes along with providing suggestions for insulin and lipase amounts. This application will also give the users the ability to journalize their mood, symptoms and their meal. Based on this information, they will have the ability to share their food journal as a PDF with any email address that they choose. Furthermore, this application will give the user graphs so they can quickly correlate the pain they were experiencing with the food that may have caused it.

In order to have data to support the application, research was conducted to compile a repository of information based on various foods and food groups. This information includes proteins, carbohydrates, total fats and sugars that help the application compute insulin and lipase amounts.