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:
- 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
- The state you live in – as the southern states have the highest rates of vitamin D insufficiency.2
- Skin tone – as people with a darker tone may need three to four times more sun exposure compared to those with fair skin.3
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Supplementation – if you are regularly taking a vitamin D supplement your risk of developing vitamin D insufficiency may be reduced. r