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
480
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (480) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (166)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (97)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (67) pain (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (60)
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
39
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (38)
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 (269 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 66 more
Total evaluations
290
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (480) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (62 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (166)
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 (97)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 24 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (67) pain (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) craving carbs 5 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
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 (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint frequent daytime urination 4 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
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 (39)
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 (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
28
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 16
20s 348
30s 1359
40s 4485
50s 10038
60s 10429
70+ 4275
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 260
20-29 years 933
30-39 years 1930
40-49 years 2685
50-59 years 1857
60-69 years 548
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10695
Female 20510

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20737
Not Diagnosed 445

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