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.

How do members experience diabetes type 2?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with diabetes type 2*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for diabetes type 2*

*Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with diabetes type 2*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Metformin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal pain 3 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (84)
Treatment

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (24)
Treatment

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
skin lesions
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (14)
Treatment

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (11)
Treatment

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (4 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling in lower extremities
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (7)

*Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has diabetes type 2 on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 208
30s 1,041
40s 3,010
50s 8,959
60s 14,422
70+ 11,390

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13,894
Female 25,238