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As an essential trace mineral, zinc is actively involved in many physiological functions. Although the body only needs it in a small amount, its absence can cause many unpleasant symptoms. Its most important function is to maintain the resistivity of cell membranes because if it is impaired, it affects all body functions.

Decreased cell viability affects the functioning of the immune system, the control of blood sugar levels. It has an effect on the proper hormonal homeostasis and metabolism. Zinc is also involved in the production of healthy quantities and qualities of sperm. It can also be part of the treatment of prostate enlargement.

Its beneficial effect on the skin is also significant, as it reduces the appearance of acne and pimples and accelerates wound healing.

What does the test show?

The quantitative presence of zinc is determined in the blood.

In what cases is it recommended to perform the test?

Your doctor may order a zinc test in the following cases:

  • hair loss
  • dry and cracked skin or acne and pimples
  • for men with reproductive problems
  • sudden deterioration of the vision
  • in case of late puberty
  • slower wound healing

What kind of sample is needed for the test?

A blood sample, taken from a vein, is needed for the test.

What could the result indicate?

In clinical terms, an elevated value is only significant if it disrupts the body’s copper uptake process – which can lead to neurological disorders.

However, a lower value could indicate several anomalies:

What to do after the test?

The test itself does not diagnose any disease, in all cases consult an internist or a hematologist to determine the exact diagnosis and the required therapy.

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