Vitamin D Deficiency in New South Wales

  • Women: Women in these regions of Australia are 25% deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to 37% in winter-spring1
  • Men: 9% of men in these regions of Australia are deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to 25% in winter-spring1

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

Additional survey 2 findings from New South Wales reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – more than a third (35%) cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half (45%) use SPF30+
  • sunscreen
  • In the dark about D: Almost half (44%) have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • State-wide confusion: A third of residents (33%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; more than one in five (22%) incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration
  • Deficient diet: More than a third (34%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, nearly half (47%) never thought they needed one; more than a quarter (26%) didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, over half (58%) would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location: Only 11% were aware that ‘location’ was a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency