The state of your bones in WA

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 big state WA, with its variety of conditions from the coast to the outback. Here’s a snap shot of how the local environment may affect you around the Perth area.

Women – Despite favourable local conditions, nearly 41% of women in Perth are Vitamin D insufficient in winter-spring, and 24% insufficient in summer-autumn.

Men – Some 25% of men are insufficient in winter-spring, decreasing to 8% insufficient in summer-autumn.

More about WA, Vitamin D and you

Slip, slop, slap to the max – Many residents in Western Australia go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – close to a third either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half use SPF30+ sunscreen.

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

State-wide confusion – More than a quarter (26%) of residents are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; and under 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; more than a quarter (29%) didn’t even know it could be tested.

Insufficient diet – One 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 60% would get one if advised by their GP.

Location – Only 10% were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D insufficiency.