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What Can Cause Zinc Deficiency?

What Can Cause Zinc Deficiency?

Cause

Examples

Diet (an uncommon cause in developed countries)

Insufficient consumption of meat and other proteins

Consumption of foods that contain phytates (which inhibit absorption), such as whole grains, cereals, corn, rice, beans, soybeans, other legumes, and nuts

Disorders

Alcoholism

Bloodstream infection (sepsis)

Chronic kidney disease

Diabetes mellitus

Disorders that impair absorption (malabsorption)

Liver disorders

Pancreatic disorders

Sickle cell disease

Treatments

Diuretics

Intravenous feedings for a long time