Volume : 1, Issue : 1, NOV 2015

MANIFESTATION OF ZINC DEFICIT IN KARACHI PAKISTAN; A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

Fatima Qamar, Safila Naveed, Syeda Sarah Abbas, Noor-ul-ain, Rabia Bibi, Sundus Mukhtar, Syeda Zainab, Syed Hameez Jawed

Abstract

The research study was aimed to document the awareness of zinc importance in human health as, Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular
metabolism. Zinc is so important because it is found in every tissue in the body and is directly involved in cell division. It is a powerful antioxidant,
helping to prevent cancer, but zinc also is directly involved in the maintenance of that ideal hormone levels. Zinc deficiency is characterized
by growth retardation, loss of appetite, and impaired immune function. zinc deficiency causes hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation,
impotence, hypogonadism in males, and eye and skin lesions ,Weight loss, delayed healing of wounds, taste abnormalities, and mental lethargy
can also occur.The participants was selected randomly and asked to fill a questionnaire form that presents with the symptoms related to zinc
deficiency. The majority of the peoples are found to be having just a few symptoms of zinc deficiency while minority of the peoples are facing
symptoms related to zinc deficiency problem and they are still unaware of this. The majority of the group of populations is unaware that they are
concerned with the symptoms which are mainly caused due to the deficiency of zinc and it should not be neglected. They should readily recommend
those diets or zinc supplements which could be helpful to reduce such symptoms.

Keywords

zinc deficiency, Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), immune system, Loss of appetite.

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