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.

Common symptoms reported by people with diabetes type 2

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with diabetes type 2

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
607
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (607) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
212
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (212)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (74) pain (40)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (101)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (49) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (47)

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with diabetes type 2

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (309 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 75 more
Total evaluations
314
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (607) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (77 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 13 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (212)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (42 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 32 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (74) pain (40)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) diarrhea 11 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (101)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (37 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) candida (fungal) infection 11 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint lung infection 5 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (49) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) injection site pain 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising occasional weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (47)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has diabetes type 2 on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 383
30s 1,332
40s 4,427
50s 9,626
60s 9,104
70+ 3,348
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 223
20-29 years 859
30-39 years 1,723
40-49 years 2,412
50-59 years 1,683
60-69 years 490
70+ years 59

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18,081
Not Diagnosed 413

These charts show data from diabetes type 2 patients who have completed their condition history
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