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)

(Glucophage)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
534
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (534) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
196
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (196)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (105)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (79) pain (42)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (42)

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 (294 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 68 more
Total evaluations
315
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (534) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (76 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (196)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (57 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (105)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 29 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (79) pain (42)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (38 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) craving carbs 6 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (35 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 13 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint rage 3 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (46) nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast infection (candida) bladder infection 7 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drooling especially at night 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (42)
  • 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 20
20s 366
30s 1,392
40s 4,573
50s 10,106
60s 10,109
70+ 3,967
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 255
20-29 years 922
30-39 years 1,894
40-49 years 2,642
50-59 years 1,838
60-69 years 545
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10,614
Female 20,171

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20,396
Not Diagnosed 437

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