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Zinc May Help Seniors Stave Off Pneumonia

August 20, 2010 by  

Zinc may help seniors stave off pneumonia Results of a recent study suggest that older adults may be able to significantly reduce their risk of developing pneumonia by maintaining adequate blood levels of zinc.

For the study, a group of researchers from the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Aging evaluated more than 600 elderly nursing home patients and found that the majority had insufficient serum levels of zinc.

After monitoring the men and women for approximately one year, the researchers found that those with normal levels of the nutrient were 50 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pneumonia than participants with low concentrations.

If patients with sufficient zinc levels did develop the lung condition they spent fewer days on antibiotics compared to those with poor concentrations.

Furthermore, the mortality rate from all causes was 39 percent lower for participants who had sufficient zinc levels at the beginning of the study.

While the researchers believe that zinc can strengthen the immune system, they noted that the findings need to be confirmed in a clinical trial before concluding that the nutrient can help stave off pneumonia.

Previous studies have linked zinc deficiency to liver cirrhosis, poor memory and vision problems.

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  • dan az

    I have a problem with such studies, it kind of reminds me that we are just a bunch of genny pigs. With out having blood work for every person that takes it how will they know what there levels are with out overdosing. Fact in point my mother which is in her eighties took vitamins with zinc for about a month then ended up in the hospital with conjestive heart failure they found it was the zinc in the vitamins that caused it.she stopped taking them and returned to normal in just a couple of days no more problems since.So whats good for one may not be for others.

    • EddieW

      Zinc is a huge problem to many people being overdosed on it!! A Couple signs of overdose is falling and fuzzy mental thinking…we get zinc in many foods, in nuts, but the biggest problem is the zinc in products like Fixodent, that people use to keep their dentures in. A year ago they promised to remove it, now they have no intention of removing it…It’s FDA (Federal DEATH Administration) approved, but then again so was Avandia, with 13,000 deaths, and over 100,000 heart attacks and strokes…yet FDA still approves it!!
      I gave a lady here a tube of Secure, a no zinc denture hold…within one month her thinking cleared and she quit falling!!!

      • dan az

        Eddie W
        thanks I had read something on that before and just forgot about it until now. sounds like my problems

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I looked at some fixodent boxes after your post and it says right on the lable “Zink Free”.

  • s c

    One way or another, most Americans will experience Uncle Scam’s brass knuckled, “me first” incompetence. Those who educate themselves will see the difference between Uncle Scam’s ‘concern’ and his mind-numbing need for total control. Go to a rest home and get a first-hand look at what passes for his ‘leadership.’
    Like it or not, we need zinc. We need it every day. The trick is to take enough without taking too much. So how is it that Uncle Scam lets us be exposed to many zinc sources, but he does a horrible job when it comes to admitting his role in ‘allowing’ certain manufacturers to overdose us?
    Uncle Scam wants it both ways. That is the true sign of a wannabe dictator, folks.
    Educate yourself. Learn how much you need to stay healthy. By the way, don’t put too much faith in Uncle Scam’s “minimum daily requirement” scam. It’s another ploy to get people to surrender and remain dependent on the old fart and his dictatorial schemes.
    Get healthy. Stay healthy. Just because Uncle Scam tends to make all the rules doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make it interesting for him. Here’s to your good health – and Uncle Scam’s comeuppance.


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