Vitamin D Deficiency in Tasmania

  • Women: Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be worst in southern regions of Australia. 42% are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 58% in winter-spring1
  • Men: More than one in four (27%) are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 35% in winter-spring

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

Additional survey 2 findings from Tasmania reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure – close to a third (29%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half (46%) use SPF30+ sunscreen
  • In the dark about D: One in five (20%) have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • State-wide confusion: More than a third (37%) of respondents incorrectly believe Vitamin D is vital for concentration
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those that have never had a Vitamin D test, a whopping 73% never thought they needed one.
  • Deficient diet: One in four (25%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those that have never had a Vitamin D test, more than half (53%) would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location: More than half the state (55%) were actually aware that ‘location’ was a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency – resoundingly higher than any other state