Diabetes type 2

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as co-founder Jamie Heywood explains in this video.

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.
Last updated:

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
455
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (455) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (152)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (98)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (62) pain (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (63)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (35)

Data from patients with diabetes type 2, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:

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 (252 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 67 more
Total evaluations
273
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (455) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (59 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) blurry vision 10 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (152)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (45 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea weight gain 9 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (98)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 19 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (62) pain (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (29 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) blisters on hands 6 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 15 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (63)
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 (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
anxious mood (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast infection (candida) bladder infection 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) injection site pain 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (35)
  • 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.
Last updated:

Who has diabetes type 2 on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 333
30s 1309
40s 4370
50s 9878
60s 10688
70+ 4651
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 940
30-39 years 1944
40-49 years 2697
50-59 years 1863
60-69 years 552
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10807
Female 20699

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20890
Not Diagnosed 459

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