The state of your bones in NT

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

Women – Despite the abundance of sunshine, nearly one in three (31%) women in the NT are Vitamin D insufficient in winter-spring, and 13% of women insufficient in summer-autumn.

Men – Close to one in ten (15%) of men are insufficient in winter-spring, decreasing to 7% in summer-autumn.

More about the Northern Territory, Vitamin D and you

Whilst survey respondents for the Northern Territory are relatively small (n = 10), responses were very similar to National trends, indicating there is still some confusion regarding knowledge about Vitamin D, as highlighted below

Slip, slop, slap to the max – Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – close to a third (30%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; more than half (60%) use SPF30+ sunscreen.

State-wide confusion – 50% are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; and one in ten (10%) incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration.

Vitamin D testing – Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, close to half (45%) never thought they needed one; nearly a third (30%) didn’t even know it could be tested.

Insufficient diet – One in five (20%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet.

Location – Close to a third (30%) were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D insufficiency.