Addressing the global, life-long health impacts of zinc deficiency: A call to action

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BY NICOLA M. LOWE, ANDREW G. HALL, MARTIN R. BROADLEY, JEN FOLEY, ERICK BOY, AND ZULFIQAR A. BHUTTA
OPEN ACCESS | CC-BY-4.0

Zinc is a crucial micronutrient for good health, and zinc deficiency is one of the most common forms of micronutrient malnutrition globally—an estimated 17% of people worldwide are at risk of inadequate zinc intake, and that figure reaches 19% and 24% in Asia and Africa, respectively. Zinc deficiency is a cause of stunting (low growth for age), compromised immunity, and cognitive impairment among children; growing evidence shows it is also an important factor in the global burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

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