Individuals with eating disorders are at risk for zinc deficiency due to malnutrition. Zinc is essential for myriad functions in the human body, including: immune system, wound healing, taste, protein production, processing of other chemicals, maintenance of insulin levels, etc. Zinc deficiency leads to potential complications including: skin rashes, hair loss, decreased senses of taste and smell, delayed fetal development, nerve damage and birth defects. Zinc deficiency, even for a short time period during adolescence, can inhibit bone growth thereby increasing the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. See biochemical imbalance.
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