Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 99, Issue 1–3, pp 49–69 | Cite as

Zinc deficiency and growth

Current concepts in relationship to two important points: Intellectual and sexual development
  • M. J. Salgueiro
  • R. Weill
  • M. Zubillaga
  • A. Lysionek
  • R. Caro
  • C. Goldman
  • D. Barrado
  • M. Martinez Sarrasague
  • J. Boccio


Zinc deficiency remains a serious health problem worldwide affecting developed as well as developing countries. Despite the evidence proving that zinc deprivation during the periods of rapid growth negatively affects the cognitive brain as well as sexual development, there are few complete studies carried out in children. The present article proposes a revision of the evidence gathered until now on the relationship existing between zinc deficiency and intellectual and sexual development during the stages of childhood, preadolescence, and adolescence.

Index Entries

Zinc growth intellectual development sexual development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Salgueiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Weill
    • 3
  • M. Zubillaga
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Lysionek
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Caro
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Goldman
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Barrado
    • 2
  • M. Martinez Sarrasague
    • 2
  • J. Boccio
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Radioisotope LaboratorySchool of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Stable Isotope Laboratory Applied to Biology and Medicine, Physics DepartmentSchool of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Department of Agrarian IndustryUniversity of MoronBuenos AiresArgentina

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