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Serum copper and zinc in random samples of the population of Northern-Ireland

MCMASTER, D, MCCRUM, E, PATTERSON, CC, KERR, MM, OREILLY, D, EVANS, AE and LOVE, AHG (1992) Serum copper and zinc in random samples of the population of Northern-Ireland. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 56 (2). pp. 440-446. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Serum copper and zinc concentrations (mu-mol/L) were measured in nonfasting subjects aged 25-64 y participating in two independent population surveys in Northern Ireland. In 1983-84, copper in 1144 males was 17.2 +/- 3.1 (xBAR +/- SD) and zinc was 12.1 +/- 1.7 (SD). Copper in 1055 females, neither pregnant nor taking estrogens or progestogens, was 19.0 +/- 3.9 and zinc was 11.6 +/- 1.4. In 1986-87 copper in 1142 males was 17.9 +/- 3.3 and zinc was 13.2 +/- 2.1. Copper in 1034 females was 20.1 +/- 3.9 and zinc was 12.7 +/- 2.0. Zinc but not copper concentrations decreased from early morning to late afternoon; both were unaffected by reported postprandial time. There was a positive relationship between copper and age for both sexes but zinc showed only a slight upward trend with age. A positive relationship between copper and the aggregation of classical risk factors for coronary heart disease was demonstrated.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:n/a
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:6731
Deposited By: Ms Evie Gardner
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:59
Last Modified:22 Apr 2016 10:22

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