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)

(Metformin ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
373
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (373)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (123)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (46) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (57)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (52)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Farxiga)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)

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)

(Metformin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (204 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 52 more
Total evaluations
222
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (373)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (54 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (123)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 8 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 11 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (46) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) blisters on hands 2 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (57)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint frequent daytime urination 4 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 14 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (51)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) injection site pain 1 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness drooling especially at night 5 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Farxiga)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination sore throat 13 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
  • 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 15
20s 311
30s 1295
40s 4167
50s 9900
60s 11278
70+ 5250
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 944
30-39 years 1948
40-49 years 2694
50-59 years 1870
60-69 years 554
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 11271
Female 21226

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 21262
Not Diagnosed 481

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