Seven reasons why you should take a vitamin D test

Did you know that your gender, age, state of residency, skin tone, body shape, clothing and time spent in the sun can all impact your vitamin D levels? With so many vitamin D insufficiency risk factors, how can you make sure you maintain your vitamin D levels for strong bones and muscles and a healthy immune system?

Australia’s number one vitamin D brand, Ostelin has created the D-Test which is a short five minute questionnaire to help you establish your risk of vitamin D insufficiency. The D-Test will take you through eight interactive questions to provide you with a personalised summary of both your modifiable and not modifiable vitamin D insufficiency risk factors.

As seasonality, biological influences, conditions and medications may also impact your vitamin D status, your personalised results can be downloaded or printed off so you can discuss further with your GP.

Seven reasons why you could be insufficient in vitamin D and should take the Ostelin D-Test are because of:

  1. Gender – as it can place you at a greater risk of vitamin D insufficiency with 39% of women and 22% of men in Australia having been shown to be vitamin D insufficient.1
  2. The state you live in – as the southern states have the highest rates of vitamin D insufficiency.2
  3. Skin tone – as people with a darker tone may need three to four times more sun exposure compared to those with fair skin.3
  4. Sun exposure – while we are encouraged to slip, slop and slap in the Australian sun it is important that we are getting approximately 5-30 minutes of sun exposure betweek 10am -3pm at least twice a week.4
  5. Clothing choices – as this can impact the amount of sun exposure your body receives. Some people who wear full length clothing for cultural or religious reasons can experience lower levels of vitamin D.5
  6. Age – older Australians are not able to synthesize vitamin D as effectively as younger adults or children placing them at a greater risk of insufficiency.6
  7. Supplementation – if you are regularly taking a vitamin D supplement your risk of developing vitamin D insufficiency may be reduced.
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