Vitamin D Insufficiency in South Australia

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

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

Additional survey 2 findings from South Australia reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – two in five either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half (44%) use SPF30+ sunscreen
  • State-wide confusion: Close to a third (31%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; more than 14% incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration
  • In the dark about D: Almost half (41%) have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D insufficiency
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, almost half (44%) never thought they needed one; more than a quarter (28%) didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Insufficient diet: A third of residents (33%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, close to half (48%) would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location: Only 14% were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D insufficiency