Diabetes Type 2

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What is Diabetes Type 2?

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by insulin resistance or desensitization and increased blood glucose (sugar) levels. It is a chronic disease that can develop gradually over time and can be linked to both environmental factors and heredity.

What is it like to have Diabetes Type 2?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Citalopram, Duloxetine, Bupropion
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Tramadol, Gabapentin
Modafinil, Rest, Naps
Zolpidem, Trazodone, Amitriptyline
Hot Water Bottle, Multivitamins, No treatments
Glasses / contacts, No treatments, Eyeglasses
Oxybutynin, Tamsulosin, No treatments
Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam

What do patients take to treat Diabetes Type 2 and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Cetapin, Stagid, Merckformin XR, Riomet)


(Lantus OptiClik Cartridge, Lantus SoloStar, Lantus)




(Glipizide XL, Glucotrol, Glipizide ER)






(Levemir, Levemir FlexPen)


(NovoLog PenFill, NovoRapid Flexpen, NovoRapid, Insulin Aspart Pen)


(Glucovance, Glynase PresTab, Euglukon)


(Janumet XR, Janumet)


(Glucozide, Apo-Gliclazide, Diaglucide, Gliclazide MR)




These charts show data from Diabetes Type 2 patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Diabetes Type 2 on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 13,054 patients have this condition
  • 262 new patients joined this month
  • 10,268 say Diabetes Type 2 is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 35
20s 335
30s 964
40s 2,592
50s 4,494
60s 2,913
70+ 775


Distribution of females vs. males

61% Females
39% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 148
20-29 years 526
30-39 years 973
40-49 years 1,391
50-59 years 909
60-69 years 223
70+ years 32

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,428
Not Diagnosed 165

These charts show data from Diabetes Type 2 patients who have completed their condition history
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