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
616
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (616) Blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
211
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (77) Pain (38)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (99)
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
70
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Pain (49) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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 (307 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 75 more
Total evaluations
311
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (616) Blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (74 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Weight gain 13 more
Total evaluations
74
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nerve pain (neuralgia) (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 34 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (77) Pain (38)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Diarrhea 11 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (99)
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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal pain Dizziness and feeling faint 6 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Injection site pain 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Chronic constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (49) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruising Occasional weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
19
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 17
20s 394
30s 1,284
40s 4,197
50s 9,145
60s 8,513
70+ 3,071
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 214
20-29 years 809
30-39 years 1,614
40-49 years 2,297
50-59 years 1,572
60-69 years 460
70+ years 55

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 16,757
Not Diagnosed 386

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