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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet May Be Causing Bone Disease

Often the topic of gossip, Gwyneth Paltrow and her extreme diet and exercise habits are once again in the spotlight.

Since 1999, Paltrow has been following a macrobiotic diet of mostly vegetables, grains, fish and soup. During her two pregnancies, she took a break from her diet, but returned to it after childbirth. Though she follows a less intense version of the diet now, she still does not consume much dairy. She has used even more severe diet plans, including fasts, detoxes and the famous Master Cleanse. She exercises 90 minutes a day, six days a week with trainer Tracy Anderson.

On a recent episode of the Ellen show, Paltrow discussed the news that she had first released in her online newsletter GOOP. The 37-year-old mother of two revealed that she was diagnosed with the early stages of osteopenia after suffering a leg fracture.

In a recent post, she said, “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.”

Osteopenia is often referred to as a precursor to osteoporosis, a bone disease that can lead to multiple fractures. Both osteopenia and osteoporosis are more common in elderly women, but in younger women they have been attributed to excessive exercise and restrictive diets.

Calcium is necessary for good bone health, while vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium.

July 6th, 2010

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