Zinc deficiency mechanism is related to aging, number of diseases

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The researchers from the Oregon State University have found that a zinc deficiency mechanism is related to aging and a number of diseases. The study st...

The researchers from the Oregon State University have found that a zinc deficiency mechanism is related to aging and a number of diseases.

The study states that how the lack of zinc can cause issues for the immune system as well as heightened inflammation that leads to other health issues like autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. 

Emily Ho, a Principal Invesigator with Linus Pauling Institute said, “Some inflammation is normal, a part of immune defense, wound healing and other functions.”  

The scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU teamed up with researchers at the OSU College of Public Health and determined that zinc is important for their elderly as their ability to absorb zinc dips over time.  

Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommend that aging adults include a dietary supplement of a full amount that recommends dietary allowance of zinc.

The males must take 11 milligrams a day of zinc, while females should take 8 milligrams. With low levels of zinc corresponding to aging, it becomes difficult for the body to heal from any genetic damage that takes place.

On account of the issues of assessing zinc deficiency with tests, the scientists state that individuals must make sure to have the right amount of zinc through diet supplements.

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