Vitamin D Deficiency in Australian Capital Territories

  • Women: Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be worst in southern regions of Australia. 42% are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 58% in winter-spring 1
  • Men: More than one in four (27%) are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 35% in winter-spring. 1

*Deficient was defined as serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D being <50 nmol/L

Additional survey 2 findings from ACT reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – more than half (53%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; one in four (24%) use SPF30+ sunscreen
  • In the dark about D: Almost a quarter (24%) have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • State-wide confusion: More than one in ten residents (12%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; a quarter (24%) incorrectly believe it is vital for concentration.
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, 50% never thought they needed one; a quarter (25%) didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Deficient diet: More than a third (35%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, two thirds (66%) would only get one if advised by their GP