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
489
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (489) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (170)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (96)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
95
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (72) pain (37)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (61)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (38) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (37)

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 (274 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 66 more
Total evaluations
295
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (489) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (65 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 11 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (170)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (47 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (96)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (36 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth brain fog 27 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (72) pain (37)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) craving carbs 5 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 13 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (61)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint frequent daytime urination 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast infection (candida) bladder infection 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (38) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (37)
  • 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 350
30s 1,366
40s 4,487
50s 10,019
60s 10,333
70+ 4,188
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 257
20-29 years 928
30-39 years 1,916
40-49 years 2,663
50-59 years 1,846
60-69 years 548
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10,661
Female 20,356

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20,581
Not Diagnosed 439

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