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
480
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (480) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
165
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (165)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (97)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (65) pain (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (60)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Novolog)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (36)

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 (270 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 66 more
Total evaluations
291
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (480) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (62 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (165)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (47 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (97)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (31 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 24 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (65) pain (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Amaryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) craving carbs 5 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Victoza)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 13 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint frequent daytime urination 4 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (56)
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 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
anxious mood (37)
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 (36)
  • 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 16
20s 352
30s 1343
40s 4475
50s 10021
60s 10475
70+ 4345
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 261
20-29 years 934
30-39 years 1936
40-49 years 2692
50-59 years 1857
60-69 years 549
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10724
Female 20561

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20781
Not Diagnosed 451

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