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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for diabetes type 2

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

(Metformin ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24287
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (241)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8184
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4116
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1749
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1268
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2755
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
799
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1228
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Euglukon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1136
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1689
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (7)

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(Metformin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (131 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 33 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (241)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (46 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 4 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
rage rashes (redness, swelling) 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 9 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
blisters on hands swelling in lower extremities
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite gastroparesis 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Euglukon)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
hot flashes hypotension
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach excessive gas 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has diabetes type 2 on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 31 new patients joined this month
  • 32549 say diabetes type 2 is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 269
30s 1205
40s 4033
50s 10461
60s 13511
70+ 7266
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 263
20-29 years 955
30-39 years 1968
40-49 years 2708
50-59 years 1901
60-69 years 562
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13207
Female 23914

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25298
Not Diagnosed 562

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