The state of your bones in Victoria

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

Women – Vitamin D insufficiency seems to be highest in the southern regions, with 58% of women Vitamin D insufficient in winter-spring, a figure that decreases to 42% during summer-autumn.

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

More about Victoria, Vitamin D and you

Slip, slop, slap to the max – The majority of residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure – more than one in four either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely, and more than half (51%) use SPF30+ sunscreen.

In the dark about D – 40% have no idea about the risk factors of Vitamin D insufficiency.

State-wide confusion – One quarter (25%) of residents are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D testing – Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, 44% never thought they needed one, and one in five (20%) didn’t even know it could be tested.

Insufficient diet – More than one third (35%) 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 (57%) would get one if advised by their GP.

Location – Only 13% were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D insufficiency.