Sun-shy Paltrow Suffered Vitamin D Deficiency

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June 17, 2010 | 3:10pm EST

Gwyneth Paltrow stopped hiding from the sun after she was diagnosed with a serious vitamin D deficiency.
The actress protected her pale complexion from ultra violet rays during summer vacations, but was shocked to discover her actions were causing her health problems.

In her latest Goop.com online newsletter to fans and friends, the actress has opened up about her secret health battle and advised others how to make sure they get just the right amount of sun with a little help from top doctor Frank Lipman.

Paltrow writes, “I suffered a pretty severe Tibial plateau fracture a few years ago (requiring surgery) which lead the orthopaedic surgeon to give me a bone scan, at which point it was discovered I had the beginning stages of osteopenia.

“This led my western/eastern doctors in New York to test my Vitamin D levels, which turned out to be the lowest they had ever seen (not a good thing). I went on a prescription strength level of Vitamin D and was told to… spend a bit of time in the sun!

“I was curious if this was safe, having been told for years to stay away from its dangerous rays, not to mention a tad bit confused as we are all well schooled in the dangers of overexposure to the sun.”

Paltrow admits she took Dr. Lipman’s advice and has now reversed her Vitamin D diagnosis, and she has called on the expert to offer readers tips on how to enjoy the summer sun’s rays “sensibly”.

He writes: “Numerous studies have shown that optimising your Vitamin D levels may actually help prevent as many as 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancers. And the best way to optimise Vitamin D levels is through safe, smart and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun.”

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