Zinc

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Also known as: Zn
Formal name: Zinc
Related tests: Albumin, other trace elements; copper, selenium, manganese, iron

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To measure the amount of zinc in the blood (serum/plasma) in order to identify/diagnose deficiency or to monitor response to supplementation

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms that may suggest zinc deficiency e.g hair loss, poor wound healing

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or rarely a 24 hour urine sample

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed (although fasting results are preferred as zinc concentrations can decrease after meals)