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
24212
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (279)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8163
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4104
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1742
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2740
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1262
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
795
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1224
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Euglukon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1136
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1685
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (8)

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 (164 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 44 more
Total evaluations
166
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (279)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (57 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint rage 6 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
blisters on hands craving carbs 1 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Bydureon)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite gastroparesis 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Euglukon)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic hyperglycemia fingers and feet tingling 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Glucovance)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach excessive gas 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (8)
  • 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?

  • 32 new patients joined this month
  • 32375 say diabetes type 2 is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 14
20s 295
30s 1244
40s 4203
50s 10695
60s 13387
70+ 6695
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 263
20-29 years 953
30-39 years 1967
40-49 years 2702
50-59 years 1891
60-69 years 561
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13110
Female 23771

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25188
Not Diagnosed 559

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