Australian women aren't considering their bone health with more than a third (35.1%) unaware of the benefits of vitamin D, new research has found.
Research conducted on behalf of Ostelin has found more than half (57%) of females aged 35 - 44 years old have never considered their bone health, and at a national level, more than half of all Australian women (53.5%) have never had their vitamin D levels tested. Worryingly, over 70 percent (72%) of young females aged 18 - 34 years are unaware of the role vitamin D plays for their bodies.
The findings have prompted calls from health experts, urging the more than a third (35.1%) of Australians who do not know that vitamin D is important for lifelong bone health, to consider their vitamin D intake as we head into the cooler months; a time typically associated with wrapping up and staying indoors.
Other insights from the research also found:
More than half (59.1%) of Australian parents have never considered the bone health of their children
More than a third (34.6%) of parents always ensure their kids are fully protected from the sun (with sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves and pants)
More than a third (34.7%) of Australian parents are applying sun protection before long car trips
Less than half (45.9%) of parents are aware of Vitamin D insufficiency in children
Almost half (44%, Q27) are not confident in taking a Vitamin D supplement
A staggering 85% of Australians are unsure of the efficacy of a Vitamin D supplement for infants
Question: What message do you hope to spread for National Vitamin D Awareness Day?
Dr Denise Furness: To create awareness of the importance of vitamin D and that many Australians are low in vitamin D, which can lead to an increased risk of bone loss, immune disorders and overall impact our health and mental wellbeing.
Question: What are the signs associated with low vitamin D?
Dr Denise Furness: Because vitamin D is involved in so many different functions in the body there are a lot of signs and symptoms that can be associated with vitamin D deficiency. These symptoms include recurrent infections, auto-immune disorders, low mood and depression, bone or muscle pain, even difficulty losing weight can be linked to vitamin D. However, all these signs and symptoms can be caused by many different factors and often have multiple causes, so it's important to check your overall health as well as your vitamin D levels.