PatientsLikeMe has, since before we first featured them at Health 2.0 in 2007, been the patient online community continually pushing the boundaries for patients with rare diseases. It started with MS, ALS and Parkinson’s and slowly moved towards mental health. And along the way PLM developed some of the most unique reporting tools both for patients and for third party (read: pharma) researchers. However, it always stayed away from the really big disease categories, like diabetes. No longer. As of today anyone can start a community for any condition at PatientsLikeMe. As of right now there are 182 patients with type 2 diabetes. Of course this is minuscule compared to Diabetic Connect or dLife, but given PLM’s reputation and press coverage, the gloves are well off in the patient community contest.