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After their son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Steven and Jennifer Kramer wanted to make a case—literally—for type 1 research. The Love Is Greater Than Highs and Lows phone case (above) gives a subtle nod to glucose fluctuations and the roller coaster of emotions that go along with managing the condition. Easy to remove and clean, the case comes in a variety of sizes to fit Apple and Samsung phones. A portion of each sale benefits type 1 research. $22, imgreaterthan.com. —Karyn Wofford

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  • This summer, Medtronic is releasing its stand-alone continuous glucose monitor (CGM), the Guardian Connect. Glucose results from the CGM are displayed every five minutes on your smart device (Apple now; Android later), and alerts can be set for 10 to 60 minutes before predicted highs and lows. It’s the only CGM that can sync with the company’s Sugar.IQ app, which uses IBM Watson artificial intelligence to detect glucose patterns. Find out more at medtronicdiabetes.com. —Marie McCarren

  • Tandem’s updated T:slim X2 pump—set to release this summer—reduces the risk for low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). Connect it to the Dexcom G5 CGM, and it will suspend basal insulin delivery when glucose drops below a user-selected low glucose level. The device also uses pattern recognition to determine when hypoglycemia is ahead. Insulin delivery resumes once blood glucose hits 70 mg/dl. Already a Tandem user? Download the update online for free. Learn more at tandemdiabetes.com. —Karyn Wofford

  • The new Dexcom G6 CGM comes with an improved one-button insertion device, a thinner transmitter, longer (10-day) wear time, and approval for ages 2 and older. Unlike previous versions, the latest sensor won’t report falsely elevated blood glucose when users are taking acetaminophen. And its sensor has a mandatory shut-off once the 10-day wear time is up, ensuring accuracy. The G6 can be used without finger-stick calibration. For details, visit dexcom.com. —Kimberly Goad
 

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