Experts remind parents and teachers to check for signs of type 1 diabetes

Due to the fact that the majority of type 1 diabetes incidents happen during the fall and winter months, many experts say that the back-to-school seasons should act as a reminder to parents and teachers to be on the lookout for symptoms.

Bruce Buckingham, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Stanford Medical Center, recently wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that many children's diabetes symptoms often go unnoticed until the condition has progressed to an advanced stage. This can cause significant harm to children.

"Approximately 40 percent of children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes have progressed to [diabetic ketoacidosis] (DKA) by the time they are diagnosed, despite having symptoms for weeks or even months earlier," he wrote in the news source. "The good news is, DKA is preventable by early recognition of the signs of Type 1 diabetes."

Ketoacidosis is a condition suffered by many diabetics, as a lack of insulin inhibits their body from using sugar for energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a consequence, their body begins burning fat which produces toxic acids that enter the blood stream and cause nausea, weakness and abdominal pain. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal.