Zinc (Oxide) Antioxidant and Diabetes
Zinc is essential for normal growth and development of the reproductive organs, the normal functioning of the prostrate gland, and the manufacture of proteins and nucleic acids which are the genetic materials of cells. It also regulates more than 100 enzymes and is necessary in the functioning of the hormone insulin.
- Inadequate diet.
- Gastrointestinal diseases including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, short bowel syndrome and chronic diarrhea.
- Chronic liver disease.
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Alcoholism (decreases zinc absorption and increases urinary zinc excretion).
- Sickle cell disease.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding.
- Vegetarian diet.
- People taking large amounts of iron supplementation (iron can interfere with zinc ab- sorption)