Abstract Title:

The effects of zinc supplementation on serum zinc and cholesterol concentrations in hemodialysis patients.

Abstract Source:

J Ren Nutr. 2002 Jul;12(3):183-9. PMID: 12105816

Abstract Author(s):

Celia A Chevalier, George Liepa, Marla D Murphy, Judy Suneson, Anne D Vanbeber, Mary Ann Gorman, Carolyn Cochran


OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of zinc sulfate supplementation on the concentrations of serum zinc and serum cholesterol in hemodialysis (HD) patients. SETTING: Outpatient dialysis center in a large metropolitan city. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, before-after trial. PATIENTS: Twenty-eight maintenance HD patients were selected. Twenty (15 women and 5 men) completed the study. Subjects were identified for inclusion in the study by the following criteria: HD treatment for a minimum of 6 months, no signs of gastrointestinal disorders, and no record of hospitalizations for reasons other than vascular access complications within the last 3 months. INTERVENTIONS: Patients were given a daily supplement of 7.7 micromol zinc sulfate (50 mg elemental zinc) or a cornstarch placebo capsule for 90 days. Patients completed 2-day food records, at day 0 and day 90 of the study, which included 1 dialysis day and 1 nondialysis day. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Fasting, predialysis serum samples were collected on days 0, 40, and 90 to determine serum zinc and total cholesterol (TCHOL) concentrations. Dietary parameters, including zinc, protein, and energy intake, were also analyzed on days 0 and 90. RESULTS: Initial concentrations of serum zinc indicated subjects were below the normal range for serum zinc standards (12 micromol/L [80 microg/dL]). After supplementation, subjects in the zinc-supplemented group showed significant increases in serum zinc concentrations from 0.79 microg/mL at day 0 to 0.96 microg/mL at day 90. Serum TCHOL concentrations were initially low among subjects in the control (2.914 +/- 0.158 mmol/L [112.7 +/- 6.1 mg/dL]) and zinc-supplemented (3.155 +/- 0.354 mmol/L [122.0 +/- 13.7 mg/dL]) groups. Serum TCHOL concentrations in the control group increased slightly throughout the study period but did not reach statistical significance. A progressive increase in serum TCHOL concentration was observed in the zinc-supplemented group from the beginning (3.155 +/- 0.354 mmol/L [122.0 +/- 13.7 mg/dL]) to the end (4.445 +/- 0.478 mmol/L [171.9 +/- 18.5 mg/dL]) of the study (r =.63, P <.05). Mean serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentrations for the zinc-supplemented group were 0.959 mmol/L +/- 0.11 (37.1 mg/dL +/- 4.3), 0.825 mmol/L +/- 0.08 (31.9 mg/dL +/- 3.2), and 0.908 mmol/L +/- 0.10 (35.1 mg/dL +/- 3.9) from the beginning to the end of the experimental period. The mean serum HDL cholesterol concentrations for the control group were 0.760 mmol/L +/- 0.075 (29.4 mg/dL +/- 2.9), 0.760 +/- 0.08 (29.4 mg/dL +/- 3.0), and 0.799 mmol/L +/- 0.13 (30.9 mg/dL +/- 4.9) from the beginning to the end of the experimental period. A progressive increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentration was observed for the zinc-supplemented group throughout the study. Mean LDL cholesterol concentrations for the zinc-supplemented group were 2.19 mmol/L +/- 0.39 (85 mg/dL +/- 15.0), 3.30 mmol/L +/- 0.36 (127.8 mg/dL +/- 14.1), and 3.53 mmol/L +/- 0.53 (136.7 mg/dL +/- 20.6) from the beginning to the end of the study period. When serum zinc concentration was correlated with serum LDL cholesterol concentration, a significant correlation was found (r =.62, P <.03) for the zinc-supplemented group and no significant difference was found for the control group. No significant differences in LDL cholesterol concentrations were found within the control group from the beginning to the end of the study. Dietary intake of zinc, cholesterol, total fat, and saturated fat remained constant and did not statistically influence serum values. Reported energy intake increased significantly in the zinc-supplemented group from 5,799 kJ/24 h (1,385 kcal/d) at day 0 to 7,042 kJ/24 h (1,682 kcal/d) at day 90. CONCLUSION: Zinc supplementation is an effective means of improving serum levels of zinc and cholesterol in the HD patient. Copyright 2002 by the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.

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