Decreased serum zinc is an effect of ageing and not Alzheimer's disease

Alan Rembach, Dominic J. Hare, James D. Doecke, Samantha C. Burnham, Irene Volitakis, Christopher J. Fowler, Robert A. Cherny, Catriona McLean, Rudolf Grimm, Ralph Martins, David Ames, Colin L. Masters, Ashley I. Bush, Blaine R. Roberts*

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We examined the distribution of zinc in the periphery (erythrocytes and serum) in a large, well-characterised cohort, the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study, in order to determine if there is systemic perturbation in zinc homeostasis in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We observed an age dependent decrease in serum zinc of approximately 0.4% per year. When correcting for the age dependent decline in serum zinc no significant difference between healthy controls (HC), mildly cognitively impaired (MCI) or AD subjects was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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