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J Am Coll Nutr. 1989 Oct;8(5):400-6.

Serum zinc and copper: associations with cholesterol and triglyceride levels in children and adolescents. Cardiovascular risk in young Finns.

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Department of Public Health Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Associations among serum lipids (total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides) and levels of serum zinc (S-Zn), serum copper (S-Cu), and their ratio were analyzed in 3373 3-, 6-, 9-, 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old Finnish girls and boys. S-Zn was positively related to total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and LDL-cholesterol; S-Cu related negatively to HDL-cholesterol. Obesity did not affect these relationships. The few exceptionally high lipid levels found were not associated with very low or high S-Zn or S-Cu. S-Zn and S-Cu were related to serum lipids; causality between the variables, however, remains to be studied.

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