Vitamin D Deficiency in Northern Territory

  • Women: Despite living in the sunshine states, 10% of women in northern regions of Australia are deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to nearly one in three (31%) in winter-spring1
  • Men: Close to one in ten (8%) men in northern regions of Australia are deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to 15% in winter-spring1

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

Additional survey 2 findings from Northern Territory:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – close to a third (30%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; more than half (60%) use SPF30+
  • sunscreen
  • State-wide confusion: 50% are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; one in ten (10%) incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, close to a third (30%) never thought they needed one; the same number didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Deficient diet: One in five (20%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Location: Close to a third (30%) were actually aware that ‘location’ was a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency