Diabetes has increased in unprecedented proportions. One out of thirteen Americans now has diabetes, and that ratio continues to rise. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, with about 90 to 95% having Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is merely a symptom of poor health in general. It rarely exists in isolation of other diseases, and are linked to other ailments which are often seen to be diet-related. Therefore, it stands to reason that there are dietary remedies for a disease which is in essence dietary. Below are various natural methods for dealing with, and in some cases, reversing the affects of diabetes.

1) High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet
In a study performed by James Anderson, M. D., it was found that on a diet of whole plant foods, after just three weeks Type 1 diabetic patients were able to lower their insulin medication by an average of 40%. Of the twenty-five Type 2 patients, twenty-four were able to discontinue their insulin medication entirely. Eating zero animal protein and fat is a wonderful and healthful way of dissipating the effects of diabetes.

2) Ginseng
Although there are several different types of ginseng, most of the promising studies on ginseng and diabetes have used North American ginseng. Studies have demonstrated this particular type of ginseng could be beneficial to blood sugar control and levels of glycosylated hemogobin.

3) Zinc
The mineral zinc plays an important role in the production and storage of insulin. There is some research showing that people with Type 2 diabetes have suboptimal zinc status due to decreased absorption and increased excretion of zinc. There are many foods rich in zinc, such as ginger root, buckwheat, pecans, split peas, rye, lima beans, and different types of nuts. Mineral supplements of zinc also can be of benefit.