Selenium Content of Whole Blood and Serum in Adults and Children of Different Ages from Different Parts of Finland

Authors

  • Tuomas Westermarck,

    1. From the Research Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo 98, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Helsinki 55, and the Folkhäisan Institute of Genetics, Population Genetics Unit, Helsinki 10, Finland
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  • Paavo Raunu,

    1. From the Research Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo 98, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Helsinki 55, and the Folkhäisan Institute of Genetics, Population Genetics Unit, Helsinki 10, Finland
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  • Mikko Kirjarinta,

    1. From the Research Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo 98, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Helsinki 55, and the Folkhäisan Institute of Genetics, Population Genetics Unit, Helsinki 10, Finland
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  • Leo Lappalainen

    1. From the Research Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo 98, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Helsinki 55, and the Folkhäisan Institute of Genetics, Population Genetics Unit, Helsinki 10, Finland
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Abstract

Abstract A low level of selenium (Se) in the blood and serum of Finns was demonstrated. Inhabitants in the central, eastern and southeastern districts of the country had particularly low levels selenium. However, the Se level of Lapps and the people of the Åland archipelago seemed to be significantly higher than the level of other Finns. In general, the Se levels in the serum were lower than the values for whole blood. Furthermore, the levels were lower in children than in adults. The significance of these findings in the pathogenesis of some human diseases is discussed.

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