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 for 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
24318
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (89)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8182
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4126
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1269
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1743
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2750
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
801
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1225
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Glynase PresTab)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1134
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1690
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (1)

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea cold hands and feet 3 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (89)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (4 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
blisters on hands swelling in lower extremities
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Glynase PresTab)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 27 new patients joined this month
  • 32733 say diabetes type 2 is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 11
20s 225
30s 1037
40s 3276
50s 9421
60s 13923
70+ 9172
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 948
30-39 years 1966
40-49 years 2703
50-59 years 1902
60-69 years 563
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13306
Female 24116

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25343
Not Diagnosed 572

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