Inadequate amounts of zinc in body cells.This affects function of the testes,liver and muscles,and affects the sructure of bones,teeth,hair and skin.Zinc is a vital part of many enzymes that facilitate chemicals reactions necessary for normal body function-including immune function and skin healing.
All ages but most common in children during periods of rapid growth(10 to 18 years).
Sensations of unpleasant tastes and odors,and decreased senses of taste and smell.
Decreased sex drive
Darkening of skin all over the body.
Sparse hair growth
Risk increases with
Alcoholism,Alcohol the excretion of zinc.
Use of cartisone drugs,which increase zinc excretion.
Diabetes,kidney disease or cirrhosis
Burns or major traums.
Laboratory blood studies of zinc levels;other tests to determiine any underlying disorder.
Iron deficiency anemis.Zinc is necessary for iron absorption.
Poor wound healing
Liver and spleen enlargement.
Excess zinc replacement or overdose may interfere with body’s manufacture of necessary enzymes.
Usually curable in 2 months with zinc supplements and removal or treatment of the underlying causes.
Follow your doctor’s instructions.Compliance with your medical treatment plan is essential for the best outcome.
Your doctor may prescribe zinc supplements.Take with milk or meals to prevent stomach upset.
Eat foods high in zinc such as red meat.Avoid excessive intake of whole meal bread.