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
464
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (464) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (159)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (99)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (64) pain (33)
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
62
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Januvia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Invokana)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (38)
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 (254 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 67 more
Total evaluations
275
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (464) blurry vision (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (63 evaluations)
Side effects
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) blurry vision 11 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (159)
Treatment name(s)

(Glipizide ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetes type 2 (46 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (99)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for nerve pain (neuralgia) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 21 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
nerve pain (neuralgia) (64) pain (33)
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 (35 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 15 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
diabetes type 2 (62)
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 (55)
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 (38)
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)

(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 (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 342
30s 1334
40s 4402
50s 9933
60s 10628
70+ 4510
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 2695
50-59 years 1863
60-69 years 551
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10768
Female 20654

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20861
Not Diagnosed 455

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