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Zinc status of northern Tasmanian adults


Beckett, JM and Ball, MJ, Zinc status of northern Tasmanian adults, Journal of Nutritional Science, 4 Article e15. ISSN 2048-6790 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/jns.2015.12


Information regarding Zn status in the Australian population is very limited. Mild deficiencies in Zn have been associated with CVD, impaired immune function and poor healing. A cross-sectional study of 497 northern Tasmanian adults (2482 years of age) was conducted to assess Zn status. Dietary intakes were assessed by FFQ and serum concentrations of Zn were evaluated using International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group methodology. Mean Zn intakes were 126 (SD 44) mg/d for men and 109 (SD 36) mg/d for women. It was found that 52 % of men but only 9 % of women consumed less than the Australia/New Zealand estimated average requirement for Zn. Mean serum Zn was 130 (SD 24) μmol/l in men and 130 (SD 25) μmol/l in women. Overall, 15 % of men and 7 % of women had low serum Zn levels. Furthermore, low serum Zn was observed in 18 % of men 50 years or older and 30 % of men 70 years or older. The present results suggest that mild Zn deficiency may be prevalent in older Tasmanian adults, particularly men; and due to the importance of Zn in many areas of health, this could be of public health concern.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:zinc status, population studies, Australia
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Beckett, JM (Dr Jeff Beckett)
UTAS Author:Ball, MJ (Professor Madeleine Ball)
ID Code:99961
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-04-21
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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