Lombeck I, Al-Zubaidy IM, Kasperek K, Feinendegen LE, Bremer HJ.
Z Ernahrungswiss. 1983 Jan;22(1):1-5.
Hair zinc has been investigated in children of North and South Libya. The hair zinc content amounts to 213 +/- 36 micrograms/g in newborns. There is no difference between the values of newborns from North Libya and newborns from South Libya. The hair zinc values decrease during infancy. In toddlers and school-children the hair zinc content is 88 +/- 35 micrograms/g, 89 +/- 25 micrograms/g resp. These values are as low as those reported in American children with low height percentiles or nearly as low as those found in dwarfs with poor zinc status from Egypt and Iran.
Keywords: Zinc status of Libyan children — a pilot study.