The state of your bones in Tasmania

Where you live in Australia can have a significant influence on your Vitamin D status. The Ostelin D-Test shows that you live in Tasmania, 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 58% of women Vitamin D deficient in winter-spring, a figure that decreases to 42% during summer-autumn.

Men – 35% of men are Vitamin D deficient in winter-spring; dropping to 27% in summer-winter.

More about Tasmania, Vitamin D and you

Slip, slop, slap to the max – The majority of 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, and 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%) incorrectly believe Vitamin D is vital for concentration.

Vitamin D testing – Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, well over half never thought they needed one.

Deficient diet – One in four (25%) 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, more than half (53%) would get one if advised by their GP.

Location – More than half (55%) were actually aware that your ‘location’ was a risk factor in Vitamin D deficiency.