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
392
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (392)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (124)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (49) pain (21)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Byetta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (29)

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 (217 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 54 more
Total evaluations
235
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (392)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (51 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constant hunger 7 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (124)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (35 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 8 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 15 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (50) pain (22)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) blisters on hands 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 14 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint frequent daytime urination 4 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast infection (candida) bladder infection 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Byetta)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (30)
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 (29)
  • 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 17
20s 320
30s 1295
40s 4239
50s 9765
60s 10848
70+ 4890
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 942
30-39 years 1946
40-49 years 2690
50-59 years 1870
60-69 years 553
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10875
Female 20764

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20919
Not Diagnosed 463

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