Vitamin D Deficiency in Queensland

  • Women: Despite living in the sunshine states, 10% of women in northern regions of Australia are deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to nearly one in three (31%) in winter-spring1
  • Men: Close to one in ten (8%) men in northern regions of Australia are deficient* in summer-autumn; this increases to 15% in winter-spring1

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

Additional survey 2 findings from Queensland reveal:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: The majority of residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – more than a third (35%) either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; two in five use SPF30+
  • sunscreen
  • In the dark about D: Almost half (40%) have no idea about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • State-wide confusion: More than a third (36%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; close to 15% incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, two in five (40%) never thought they needed one; a quarter (25%) didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Deficient diet: More than a quarter (28%) 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, 50% would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location: Less than one in five (18%) were aware that your ‘location’ is a risk factor in Vitamin D deficiency