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
294
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (294)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (98)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (34) pain (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Humalog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (23)

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 (172 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 46 more
Total evaluations
174
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (294)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (98)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (34) pain (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
blisters on hands craving carbs 1 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint rage 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Humalog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (23)
  • 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?

  • 21 new patients joined this month
  • 32329 say diabetes type 2 is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 297
30s 1265
40s 4296
50s 10796
60s 13302
70+ 6493
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 263
20-29 years 951
30-39 years 1963
40-49 years 2701
50-59 years 1887
60-69 years 560
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13075
Female 23736

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25136
Not Diagnosed 559

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