Gwyneth dances great on 'Glee,' despite osteopenia
"Glee" was pretty darned great last night, eh? I was so wowed by Gwyneth Paltrow's singing (Yes, I know she's promoting a movie in which she plays a country singer. So what?) and also with her dancing.
Paltrow's dance performances were particularly impressive to me in light of her recent diagnosis of osteopenia, a thinning of the bones that can lead to osteoporosis. She revealed this summer on her Web site GOOP that she had a few years earlier suffered a lower-leg fracture; tests showed she was extremely low on Vitamin D, a nutrient we all (especially women) need to keep our bones healthy but that most Americans get too little of. Exercise -- such as dancing -- can actually help ward off osteoporosis.
At 38, Paltrow's quite young for such a diagnosis. But her long-time dalliances with low-dairy diets, including the macrobiotic regimen she followed for years, likely contributed to the problem. She's supposed to be taking Vitamin D supplements and spending some time in the sunshine to get more of the vitamin in her system.
The Institute of Medicine will release new Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D (and its equally important co-nutrient, calcium) on Nov. 30. That should offer much clearer guidance than we currently have for how much Vitamin D we should be getting. The "Adequate Intake" for adults is currently set at 400 International Units to 600 IU daily, depending on your age. Many experts say that's far too little.
I'll be watching -- and reporting to you.
In the meantime, you go, Gwyneth Paltrow!
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| November 17, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories: Chronic Conditions, Dietary supplements, Nutrition and Fitness, osteoporosis
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