Zinc metabolism in non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

A M Rauscher, S J Fairweather-Tait, P D Wilson, S Gorrick, R Greenwood

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Low plasma zinc concentrations and increased zinc excretion have been reported in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). This study was designed to compare zinc metabolism in ten NIDDM patients with ten healthy controls, using stable isotopes of zinc. Zinc absorption from a standard breakfast labelled extrinsically with 3 mg 67Zn was measured using a fecal monitoring technique and thermal ionization quadrupole mass spectrometry. One hour after the test meal each volunteer was given 0.5 mg 70Zn (as citrate) intravenously and blood samples taken at intervals for up to 6 days. Isotopic enrichment was measured and the data entered into a simple kinetic model to estimate the size and rate of turnover of exchangeable pools of zinc. Urinary zinc excretion was higher in the male diabetics than controls (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997


  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Biological
  • Zinc

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