Lack of Zinc Tied to Cancer, Heart Disease

Tuesday, 02 Oct 2012 07:09 AM


  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Zinc deficiency has been linked to a host of diseases in a new study.

Researchers at Oregon State University found that elderly people without adequate zinc in their body are more at risk of a variety of maladies like cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.

Indeed, the study suggests that supplemental zinc is often necessary as one ages, as the ability to absorb it decreases, said Science Daily.

"The elderly are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and are highly vulnerable to zinc deficiency," said study author Emily Ho, reported the website.

"They don't consume enough of this nutrient and don't absorb it very well."

The study said that many Americans were deficient in the mineral.

About 40 percent of elderly Americans were zinc deficient and 2 billion people around the world have diets that do not provide adequate amounts, said E! Science News.

The researchers said that inflammation is one of the key side effects of not having enough zinc.

"We've previously shown in both animal and human studies that zinc deficiency can cause DNA damage, and this new work shows how it can help lead to systemic inflammation," said Ho, reported Science Daily.

"Some inflammation is normal, a part of immune defense, wound healing, and other functions but in excess, it's been associated with almost every degenerative disease you can think of, including cancer and heart disease. It appears to be a significant factor in the diseases that most people die from."

GlobalPost has already reported on Zinc's power to fight off the common cold.

The new research adds to growing evidence about the mineral's health benefits.

The study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Copyright 2012 Global Post

© HealthDay

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Find Your Condition
You May Also Like
Around the Web
Most Commented

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved