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What Can Cause Zinc Deficiency?

What Can Cause Zinc Deficiency?

Cause

Examples

Diet (an uncommon cause in places where people eat a balanced)

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

Liver disorders

Pancreatic disorders

Treatments

Diuretics

Intravenous feedings for a long time