The P.E.I. government says a new program will help cover the costs of insulin pumps for young diabetics.

Health Minister Doug Currie has released the diabetes strategy and pump program for people with Type 1 diabetes.

Under the program, parents of kids under the age of 19 with Type 1 diabetes can apply for coverage to help pay for insulin pump therapy.

The Diabetes Association says insulin pumps can help prevent complications from diabetes, but are too costly for some individuals.

Currie says people have to meet certain medical criteria to be eligible.

It's estimated that more than 13,000 people in P.E.I. have diabetes or are pre-diabetic.

The government says the number of Islanders living with diabetes rose 46 per cent over the last decade