The state of your bones in NSW

Where you live in Australia can have a significant influence on your Vitamin D status. The Ostelin D-Test shows that you live in NSW, so here’s a snap shot of how your local environment may affect you.

Women – Around 41% of women in NSW are Vitamin D deficient during winter-spring, falling to 24% in summer-autumn.

Men – 25% of men are Vitamin D deficient during winter-spring, a figure that reduces to 8% in summer-autumn.

More about NSW, Vitamin D and you

Slip, slop, slap to the max – Many NSW residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – more than a third (35%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half (45%) use SPF30+ sunscreen.

In the dark about D – Almost half (44%) have no idea about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency.

State-wide confusion – A third of residents (33%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; nearly one in five (17%) incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration.

Vitamin D testing – Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, nearly half (47%) never thought they needed one, and more than a quarter (26%) didn’t even know it could be tested.

Deficient diet – More than a third (34%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet.

Doctor’s orders – Of those who have never had a Vitamin D test, over half (58%) would get one if advised by their GP.

Location – Only 11% were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D deficiency.