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The relationship between Zinc and Osteoporosis is somewhat weak. Zinc ranks 32 of 794 Osteoporosis treatments we have analyzed.

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Zinc, in commerce also spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element of group 12 of the periodic table. In some respects zinc is chemically similar to magnesium: its ion is of similar size and its only common oxidation state is +2. Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth's crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc ore is sphalerite (zinc blende), a zinc sulfide mineral. The largest mineable amounts are found in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Zinc production includes froth flotation of the ore, roasting, and final extraction using electricity (electrowinning).2

Researchers have concluded:

  • Our study suggests that values of uNTx, uZn and sOC were significantly lower in the patient group than those in control group and in postmenopausal women with osteopororsis, calcitonin reduces the concentrations of uNTx, uZn and sOC.3
  • Our study suggests that in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, both alendronate and calcitonin reduce the concentrations of uNTx, uZn, and sOC, the effect of the alendronate dose administered being significantly earlier and more pronounced. Measurement of uNTx, uZn, and sOC might be a useful biochemical method of observing the positive clinical effect following alendronate or calcitonin therapy in postmenopausal women.4
  • Mg levels in red blood cells are significantly lower in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. It is concluded that Mg transport mechanism(s) into the cell could be affected in patients with osteoporosis.5
  • Dietary zinc intake and plasma zinc each have a positive association with BMD in men.6

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Strength of evidence

Zinc for Osteoporosis ranks in the bottom 41% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed.

Importantly, we found 9 studies that were randomized and controlled. Such studies are considered the most rigorous, and help to establish or disprove a cause-and-effect relationship between prospective treatments and conditions. So there may be some good evidence on which to make a decision about using Zinc for Osteoporosis.

Amount of research

The relationship between Osteoporosis and Zinc has been modestly researched. We found 204 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the bottom 38% of condition-treatment relationships we have analyzed.

Research trends

Are researchers becoming more or less interested in Zinc for Osteoporosis? The pace of research appears to be increasing.

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Other names
Zinc for Osteoporosis is also known as Element 30 for Albers–Schonberg disease, Element 30 for Bone Loss, Element 30 for Diet and bone health, Element 30 for Osteoperosis, Element 30 for Osteophoroses, Element 30 for Osteophorosis, Element 30 for Osteop.

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