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 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
589
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (589) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
203
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (203)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (80) pain (43)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (106)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (74)
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
50
Tried for
pain (50) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)

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 (302 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 73 more
Total evaluations
322
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (577) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (72 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain reactive hypoglycemia 12 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (202)
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 (105)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 30 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (78) pain (42)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) chest tightness 10 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (78)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 11 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (73)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint lung infection 5 more
Total evaluations
24
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)

(Invokana)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast infection (candida) bladder infection 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (11 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site pain low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)
  • 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 19
20s 386
30s 1,392
40s 4,549
50s 9,962
60s 9,553
70+ 3,624
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 248
20-29 years 916
30-39 years 1,870
40-49 years 2,610
50-59 years 1,820
60-69 years 542
70+ years 64

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 19,018
Not Diagnosed 434

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