What can I eat? Answers from the American Diabetes Association & IBM Watson

Kelly Rawlings jkadish@diabetes.org
Michael Chae mchae@diabetes.org

Abstract

The American Diabetes Association asked more than 8,000 people living with diabetes about their greatest day-to-day concerns. The results show that these concerns and associated stress revolve around food choices, which are required multiple times each day. The challenges of making personalized healthy eating choices—at all steps of the nourishment journey, which, includes purchasing, preparing, cooking, storing, and portioning food and enjoying it in social contexts—are even more burdensome for those with diabetes because food is part of the therapy to manage the condition and associated comorbidities. There are many existing recipe sites. But eating to manage diabetes is not about individual recipes—it’s about full meals and the total day. No current digital resource can account for all of these restrictions and provide original, personalized meal recommendations on a daily basis. Creating a powerful technology tool with the potential to help every person with diabetes in the world by solving their most common problem has far-reaching implications for AI applications in health management, especially in conditions that are primarily self-managed within the context of the social determinants of health. IBM Watson Health and the American Diabetes Association combine diabetes-specific content and consumer engagement at all stages of the product design process with unique technology solutions to offer up a possibility that could assist millions of people struggling with food decisions every day.
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