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Duchess of Cornwall recalls ‘agonising’ deaths of mother and grandmother to bone disease

The Duchess of Cornwall warned young people to build up bone strength as she spoke of the “agonising” death suffered by her mother and grandmother. The Duchess of Cornwall, in her capacity as the President of the National Osteoporosis Society, recalled the “paint and ignominy” of Osteoporosis, which claimed her mother, Rosalind Shand and her grandmother Sonia Keppel.

The Duchess of Cornwall spoke in a message to her younger self and counselled eating a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. She had been unaware of the effects of osteoporosis as a young woman, and it is too late to attempt to build up bone strength beyond the age of 30. Approximately three million people in the United Kingdom suffered from the disease.

“Sadly, as I grew older, I learned a great deal more about osteoporosis at first hand, as I watched both my mother and grandmother suffer the pain and ignominy of this agonising disease,” the Duchess said. “So what message would I send to my younger self, now that I have learned so much more about it? “Eat a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and Vitamin D, and take plenty of exercise, both are crucial for strong and healthy bones.”

According to the statistics, half of all women and one in five men will develop osteoporosis after the age of 50. Women are particularly susceptible to the disease due to menopause.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) since 1994.

As her mother’s disease developed the Duchess of Cornwall described how “my family and I watched in horror as my mother quite literally shrank in front of our eyes.

“I believe that the quality of her life became so dismal, and her suffering so unbearable, that she just gave up the fight and lost the will to live.”

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