Medium-risk of low Vitamin D

Based on your answers and the evidence supporting known risk factors associated with insufficient levels of Vitamin D, it appears you may be in the medium-risk category. Ostelin recommends speaking to your pharmacist for anybody who thinks they may be at risk of Vitamin D insufficiency.

Risk is determined by three main variables: lifestyle, environment and personal. The following information may help you better understand what medium-risk means and how those variables may affect you.

Generally, people in the medium-risk category are not exposed to enough sunlight due to their lifestyle or as a consequence of their environment. Personal factors such as age and skin tone may also play a part in their Vitamin D status.

Lack of exposure to sunlight is more of a behavioural issue, because so many people these days work long hours indoors, which reduces both incidental and recreational exposure to sunlight. Perhaps you might be more of a homebody, spending lots of time indoors, or limit your sunlight exposure by wearing concealing clothing for cultural or religious reasons, or avoid the sun on purpose because of cosmetic or health concerns. And where you live also plays a role. For instance, cooler climates in more southern regions of Australia obviously impact how much skin can be exposed to the elements.

Thanks to Mother Nature, the darker your skin tone, the less ability you have to produce vitamin D because melanin, the skin pigment, acts as a filter to UVB rays. You could also be at medium-risk if you suffer from medical conditions that affect Vitamin D metabolism, or take certain medicines that actually increase Vitamin D breakdown in the body and reduce Vitamin D levels.

For further tips about how you could minimise your risk and benefit from having stronger bones, explore more of the Ostelin or speak to your pharmacist.