Vitamin D Deficiency in Victoria

  • Women: Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be worst in southern regions of Australia. 42% are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 58% in winter-spring1
  • Men: More than one in four (27%) are deficient* in summer-autumn. This increases to 35% in winter-spring.

*Deficient was defined as serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D being <50 nmol/L

Additional survey 2 findings from Victoria reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – more than one in four either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; more than half (51%) use SPF30+
  • sunscreen
  • State-wide confusion: One quarter (25%) of residents are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D
  • In the dark about D: 40% have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • Vitamin D denial: 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
  • Deficient diet: More than a third (35%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, more than half (57%) would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location: Only 13% were aware that ‘location’ was a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency