What is copper deficiency?

Copper deficiency is a condition in which the copper level is below acceptable limits, and it is very rare. However, when it happens, it can cause serious health problems. Without enough of this essential mineral, you may suffer from bone, muscle and nerve damage. Premature and severely undernourished infants run a higher risk of not absorbing enough copper. Babies with bad diarrhea also may be at risk for the problem. In addition, some baby boys inherit a condition called Menkes syndrome, which causes copper deficiency.

As for adults, you can also have copper deficiency if your body doesn't absorb enough copper. A number of health conditions may cause this problem, including celiac disease and Crohn's disease. Getting too much zinc may also cause you to be copper deficient.

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