The state of your bones in South Australia

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

Women ¬– Vitamin D deficiency seems to be highest in the southern regions, with 41% of women Vitamin D deficient in winter-spring, a figure that decreases to 24% during summer-autumn.

Men – 25% of men are Vitamin D deficient in winter-spring; dropping to 8% in summer-autumn.

More about South Australia, Vitamin D and you

Slip, slop, slap to the max – Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure – two in five (40%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; and almost half (44%) use SPF30+ sunscreen.

In the dark about D – Almost half (41%) have no idea about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency.

State-wide confusion – Close to a third (31%) of residents are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; more than 14% incorrectly believe Vitamin D is vital for concentration.

Vitamin D testing – Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, almost half (44%) never thought they needed one, and more than a quarter (28%) didn’t even know it could be tested.

Deficient diet – A third (33%) 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, close to half (48%) would get one if advised by their GP.

Location – Only 14% were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D deficiency.