Living Lean: Tracy Manages His Blood Sugar

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Elliott N. Weiss

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

This case is part of the "Living Lean" series, which presents accessible, everyday scenarios for a Lean process-improvement journey. In this episode, a professional with diabetes explains his methods for minimizing blood sugar fluctuation.

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UVA-OM-1443

Rev. Nov. 7, 2013

LIVING LEAN: TRACY MANAGES HIS BLOOD SUGAR

As you eat and drink, glucose enters your bloodstream. Then your pancreas secretes a hormone that allows your body's cells to convert the glucose to energy—unless your pancreas doesn't. If that hormone doesn't materialize, the glucose will just sit there, and then you'll be in trouble.

Tracy Scott's pancreas didn't secrete that hormone. So several times a day, he had to determine his glucose level and whether he needed to inject the hormone—insulin—directly into his bloodstream with a needle. Such is the life of a person with Type I diabetes. And food wasn't the only thing to consider: exercise, stress, health, environmental factors, and other medications could all affect glucose level. When it was high, Tracy added insulin, but when it was low, all he could do was ingest some carbohydrates as soon as possible, much as a blood donor is quickly offered juice and crackers.

Illustrations by Michael Twery.

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Keywords: six sigma, planning and control

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Elliott N. and Goldberg, Rebecca, Living Lean: Tracy Manages His Blood Sugar. Darden Case No. UVA-OM-1443. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974962

Elliott N. Weiss (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
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Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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