Serum zinc, copper, and magnesium levels in obese children

YAKINCI C., PAC A., Kucukbay F. , TAYFUN M., GUL A.

ACTA PAEDIATRICA JAPONICA, cilt.39, ss.339-341, 1997 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


Serum zinc, copper and magnesium levels were measured using atomic absorption spectrophotometry in 41 obese and 41 healthy (control) children (between 7 and 11 years of age) who were living in Malatya (Turkey). Serum zinc levels of obese children (mean value 102.40+/-2.78 mu g/dL) were found to be significantly higher than those of the control group (mean value 80.49+/-2.98 mu g/dL; P < 0.01). Serum copper concentrations were also found to be significantly higher in obese children (mean value 132.34+/-1.79 mu g/dL) than the healthy controls (mean value 107.58+/-1.62 mu g/dL; P < 0.01). On the other hand, serum magnesium levels were found to be significantly lower in obese children (mean value 1.78+/-0.03 mg/dL) than in the healthy children (mean value 2.14+/-0.04 mg/dL; P < 0.01).