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
607
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (607) Blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
212
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (212)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (75) Pain (40)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (101)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (78)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
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
52
Tried for
Pain (52) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (48)
Treatment name(s)

(Levemir FlexPen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (48)

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 (310 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 75 more
Total evaluations
314
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (607) Blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 13 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (212)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nerve pain (neuralgia) (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 32 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (75) Pain (40)
4 more
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 (101)
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 (78)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Lung infection 5 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Chronic constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (52) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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 (48)
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 (48)
  • 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 18
20s 392
30s 1,301
40s 4,329
50s 9,438
60s 8,890
70+ 3,256
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 218
20-29 years 828
30-39 years 1,664
40-49 years 2,361
50-59 years 1,625
60-69 years 474
70+ years 57

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17,596
Not Diagnosed 402

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