Type 1 diabetes on the rise for children under 14 2 December 2014 Children under 14 years old are at increasing risk of receiving a type 1 diabetes diagnosis as it increases by three percent every year worldwide, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. â€œThese figures are both concerning and reassuring because on one hand it shows that type 1 diabetes may be on the increase, but on the other hand, the figures also indicate that more children under the age of 14 years who have type 1 diabetes are being diagnosed, which suggests earlier intervention than possibly what was happening previously,â€ said Diabetes NSW Head of Community and Consumer, Trish Egan. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a personâ€™s pancreas stops producing insulin â€“ the hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Receiving a diabetes diagnosis early is beneficial for anyone with diabetes so they can start working to prevent complications. â€œThe sooner someone is diagnosed with diabetes â€“ whether it is type 1 or type 2 â€“ the sooner they will receive the care they need and be in a better position to prevent the associated complications. This equates to saving individual, communities and governments trillions of dollars each year,â€ said Mrs Egan.