The state of your bones in Queensland
Where you live in Australia can have a significant influence on your Vitamin D status. The Ostelin D-Test shows that you live in Queensland, so here’s a snap shot of how your local environment may affect you.
Women – Despite the abundance of sunshine, nearly one in three women (31%) in Queensland are Vitamin D insufficient during winter and spring, and 10% of women in summer-autumn.
Men – 15% of Queensland men are Vitamin D insufficient in winter-spring and close to one in ten (8%) men during summer-autumn.
More about Queensland, Vitamin D and you
Slip, slop, slap to the max – Many Queenslanders 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; two in five use SPF30+ sunscreen.
In the dark about D – Almost half (40%) of Queenslanders have no idea about the risk factors of Vitamin D insufficiency.
State-wide confusion – More than a third (36%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D, while close to 15% incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration.
Vitamin D testing – Of those Queenslanders who have never had a Vitamin D test, two in five (40%) never thought they needed one; a quarter (25%) didn’t even know it could be tested.
Insufficient diet – More than a quarter (28%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone.
Doctor’s orders – Of those who have never had a Vitamin D test, 50% would get one if advised by their GP.
Location – Less than one in five (18%) were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D insufficiency.