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
362
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (362)
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
84
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (84)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (46) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Victoza)
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)

(Farxiga)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)

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 (201 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 51 more
Total evaluations
219
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (362)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (57 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 8 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (124)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (32 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea constant tiredness 8 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (84)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue dry mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (46) pain (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) swelling in lower extremities 2 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint rage 4 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 11 more
Total evaluations
30
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)

(Farxiga)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination sore throat 13 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Janumet)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (27)
  • 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 15
20s 317
30s 1313
40s 4407
50s 10663
60s 12297
70+ 5705
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 263
20-29 years 946
30-39 years 1957
40-49 years 2700
50-59 years 1881
60-69 years 558
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 12414
Female 22626

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 23601
Not Diagnosed 519

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