Can the lack of sun exposure be the reason for being sensitive to the sun or tanning easily?

Asked on August 09, 2012
Created August 09, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hello there, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as a freshmen in college. I am now a going to be a senior and most of my issues with Lupus have been skin-related. The summer leading to my sophomore year I and many of my friends noticed that my skin tanned way more easily than before. (people often ask me if i have recently been to the beach or on vacation to my parent's native country of the Dominican Republic because of my prominent tan) Because of this I started avoiding the sun more often in fear that since I was so sensitive to sun exposure that i would probably develop the various symptoms other lupus patients get when they're out in the sun. To my surprise I barely suffer from joint pain when in the sun and my lupus has been behaving pretty well overall.

I have read in a couple of forums on this website that talk about how essential sun light and vitamin D is and how ironically a lack of it can make you more sensitive to the sun (tanning-wise). I don't know if this plays a factor but I go to school in upstate NY where in the fall/winter sunny days are extremely rare. I barely get any vitamin D from the sun because even on the rare days when there is sunlight i try to stay away from it.

Could it be that I am more sensitive to the sun due to my lack of vitamin D because of the of the cloudy sunless days when in school?

by the way at the start of this year I began eating better and adopting more and more of the paleo diet. I eat a lot of high fat red meats & wild-caught salmon and cook them up soaking them with coconut oil. I am not as low in carb compared to others on the paleo diet and have adopted more of Paul Jaminet-recommended paleo diet eating white rice as well as tubers. I know that one reason for my sensitivity to the sun could be because of the messed up omega 6/ omega 3 ratio i have so am doing my best to improve it. I also have started taking supplemental vitamin D3 (5000 IU) daily. Am i on the right track? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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