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The relationship between Zinc and Obesity is moderately strong. Zinc ranks 39 of 1160 Obesity treatments we have analyzed.

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. In Western countries, people are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, exceeds 30 kg/m, with the range 25-30 kg/m defined as overweight. Some East Asian countries use stricter criteria.1

Zinc (symbol Zn), in commerce also spelter, is a metallic chemical element. It has 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:

  • Besides lifestyle modification, zinc supplementation might be considered as a useful and safe additional intervention treatment for improvement of cardiometabolic risk factors related to childhood obesity.3
  • ZAG could be involved in modulating lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and is associated with insulin resistance. These findings suggest that ZAG may be a useful target in obesity and related disorders, such as diabetes.4
  • Zinc increased the leptin concentrations in obese individuals, but did not modify insulin sensitivity and androgens.5
  • In obese patients, a single-day stress/rest low-dose ultrafast protocol with a CZT camera is clinically feasible and provides high image quality.6
  • Patients with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m(2) should be scheduled for myocardial perfusion imaging on a conventional SPECT camera, as it is difficult to obtain diagnostic image quality on a cadmium-zinc-telluride camera.7

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Strength of evidence

Zinc for Obesity ranks in the top 60% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed.

Importantly, we found 18 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 Obesity.

Amount of research

The relationship between Obesity and Zinc has been somewhat well researched. We found 501 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the top 53% of condition-treatment relationships we have analyzed.

Research trends

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

Registered clinical trials

We found no registered clinical trials investigating Zinc for Obesity.

Important caveat—help improve this information

Please note that our analysis is automated and imperfect. If you have personal insight, please help improve our analysis by rating this relationship and the research supporting it. And check back regularly; we last analyzed research for this relationship on September 06, 2014 @7:55PM, and are constantly updating our database and algorithms.


Other names
Zinc for Obesity is also known as Element 30 for Adipositas, Element 30 for Adult Obesity, Element 30 for Boddy wieght problem, Element 30 for Clinical obesity, Element 30 for Clinically obese, Element 30 for Clinically severe obesity, Element 30 for Corp.

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