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
358
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (358)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (123)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (83)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (43) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
anxious mood (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Farxiga)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (26)

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 (197 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 53 more
Total evaluations
199
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (358)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 8 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (123)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (83)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue dry mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (43) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling in lower extremities blisters on hands 2 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (29 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 11 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint rage 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness drooling especially at night 6 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Farxiga)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
sore throat thrush 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (26)
  • 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 18
20s 317
30s 1325
40s 4481
50s 11011
60s 13059
70+ 6096
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 263
20-29 years 949
30-39 years 1962
40-49 years 2701
50-59 years 1882
60-69 years 557
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13004
Female 23650

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25037
Not Diagnosed 553

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