The prevalence of zinc deficiency
is greatest in poor and marginalised populations.
 Zinc deficiency
decreases hippocampal zinc and leads to seizure discharge.
Research conducted in Cameroon in 2014 also stated that the prevalence of serum zinc deficiency
was higher in stunting children than nonstunting children.
Overall prevalence of zinc deficiency
was noted in 13(28.9%) patients suffering from cirrhosis, 4 (26.7%) patients in Group 1 and 9 (60%) patients in Group-2.Mean value of zinc levels in Group 1,2 and 3 were 68.09+-20.85, 50.69+-15.86 and 92.91+-17.18 ug/dL respectively.
The oxidative stress of zinc deficiency
. Metallomics 3: 1124-1129.
can also induce changes in the expression of other cytokines, DNA repair enzymes, zinc transporters, and signaling molecules that regulate immune function.
is an established risk factor for diarrheal illness, predicting both diarrheal frequency and severity in malnourished pediatric populations .
It has been reported that zinc deficiency
restricts cellular proliferation and growth .
The cause of the disease is not clear, though zinc deficiency
, hypoaminoacidemia and hyperglucagonemia have been proposed.
A loss of appetite, reduced sense of smell and taste, and mental lethargy are all tell-tale signs of a zinc deficiency
(2006) reported that, zinc deficiency
substantially reduced the growth and productivity of maize.