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Type 1 diabetes – What do people really know?

Type 1 diabetes affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, yet many people know very little about the condition and its consequences. As such, we’ve compiled a few key facts and figures to answer some of the most common questions about type 1.

How many people are affected in the UK?
There are 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, 29,000 of whom are children.

What age group is most at risk of developing type 1?
The most common age for developing type 1 is between 10 and 14 but in recent years the greatest increase in incidence has been in the under-five’s in which it is rising at a rate of 5% per year.

How common is type 1 in children?
97% of cases of diabetes in children are type 1 diabetes. It is more common in children than bacterial meningitis, cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

What effect does type 1 have on the rest of society?
In 2010/2011 the direct and indirect costs of type 1 to the UK were £1.9 billion and this figure is predicted to rise to a staggering £4.2 billion per year by 2035 if things remain as they are.

What impact does type 1 have on a child’s life?
In addition to the medical complications that type 1 causes, a child diagnosed with type 1 at the age of five, faces up to 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger pricks by the time they are 18.

How does JDRF help?

At JDRF, we work tirelessly to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, and fund vital research into finding the cure for the condition. We rely on donations to help fund our research projects and those donations go a long way to help finding the cure for type 1.

In the past 40 years, JDRF has funded over £1 billion of the best research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Last year, JDRF spend over £6 million on research in the UK, funding 33 projects. These include research investigating the causes of type 1, clinical trials to prevent the complications associated with type 1 and the development of an artificial pancreas.


You can make a huge difference by making a donation to JDRF. Donating couldn’t be easier. Click on the button below. 

Your donations really do make a huge difference to the lives of those with type 1.

We've also made a video with Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the symptons of type 1 diabetes.  Find out more about our Type 1 Aware campaign and watch the video.  (Alternatively you can watch the video on the right).