Zinc (Zn) is important for normal growth, protein metabolism, cell membrane integrity, gene expression, collagen synthesis, the immune system and many other processes in the body. Zinc stimulates cell growth and multiplication and is involved in the metabolism of more than 80 enzymes. Many vital processes would be hindered without zinc.
If there is a deficiency of zinc, the patient may feel unwell and even begin displaying symptoms of some diseases. Unhealthy lifestyle, malnutrition, digestive disorders, or chronic diseases may cause zinc deficiency. It can also be related to intestinal or liver conditions, diabetes, and taking certain medications.
Zinc tests are done on a venous blood sample.
You do not have to schedule an appointment in advance, you can simply check in at reception and request to be tested.
Zinc test price
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
When are the examinations are carried out:
2 hours for the most common (routine) blood tests and urinalysis.
The reports of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) imaging and other
instrumental examinations are usually ready immediately, i.e within 2-3 hours after the examination.
Why it is worth
To be examined at our Centre?
- We perform high quality tests which has been confirmed by the ISO 15189 certification of our laboratory.
- The test results will be available within 14 business days.
- The results of the tests performed in our laboratory are explained by our staff, a service that is provided by only a few laboratories in the country.
- We can do additional tests, if needed, from the same blood sample taken up to 7 days previously.
- There is no risk of damage or mix-up of test samples during transportation.
- You may stay anonymous.
Good to know
When can zinc be deficient in the body?
The patient may be deficient of zinc if he or she:
- follows a strict vegetarian or vegan diet (the foundation of such diets usually consists of fibre and phytic and oxalic acids, which bind with zinc and decrease its absorption);
- consumes alcohol regularly;
- works out intensely;
- is under constant stress;
- consumes a lot of products rich in fibre and phytic acid (legumes, grains);
- is pregnant;
- takes oral contraceptives;
- has diabetes;
- has gastrointestinal diseases.
What symptoms indicate zinc deficiency in the body?
- decreased appetite
- pimples, acne
- hair loss, brittle nails, white spots on nails
- slower wound healing
- poorer memory and vision
- disturbed sleep
- impaired reasoning
- change in the sense of taste
- impaired growth and maturation processes
- decreased sex drive
- higher susceptibility to infectious diseases
How will I get my test results?
- The report with the test results will be prepared in 14 business days.
It can be picked up at the reception or we can send it via email at your request.
- Unsure how to interpret the results? Call the lab, phone: (8 5) 247 64 17.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Zinc stores in the body are closely related to other microelements, especially copper, iron, calcium and magnesium, thus, testing the levels of these elements together is recommended. Zinc is absorbed less when iron, calcium and magnesium supplements are taken. Taken at the same time, these microelements compete with each other, i.e. one mineral pushes another out of the body.
The main source of zinc is food. Meat, fish and seafood products contain the most zinc. There is also a lot of zinc in yoghurt, milk and other dairy products. Zinc found in grains, cereals, legumes, nuts, bran, and sprouted wheat is less useful because the body can absorb only a small portion of it.