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

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

(Glucophage)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
683
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (683) Blurry vision (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
226
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (85) Pain (41)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (96)
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Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Pain (56) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (51)
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Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (51)

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Glucophage)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (326 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 77 more
Total evaluations
353
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (683) Blurry vision (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (72 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) reactive hypoglycemia 12 more
Total evaluations
72
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nerve pain (neuralgia) (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 33 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (85) Pain (41)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Diarrhea 11 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (96)
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Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) candida (fungal) infection 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
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Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal pain Dizziness and feeling faint 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (79)
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Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (56) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Injection site pain 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (51)
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Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruising Occasional weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (51)
  • 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 17
20s 390
30s 1,251
40s 3,966
50s 8,455
60s 7,747
70+ 2,722
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 209
20-29 years 788
30-39 years 1,581
40-49 years 2,231
50-59 years 1,515
60-69 years 436
70+ years 48

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14,921
Not Diagnosed 359

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