If you could pass a message on to your younger self about keeping bones healthy what would you say?
It’s so important to build good bone strength in early adulthood. By the time we get into our thirties the opportunity may have passed. Share the message you would give to your younger self with the next generation – and help start conversations about bone health.
A Message from our President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall
When I look back to my younger self, I was blissfully unaware of the causes and debilitating effects of osteoporosis. I was not alone in thinking that it only affected 'old' people. Like most 'young' people lucky enough to be in good health, it didn't seem relevant to me as old age was a lifetime away.
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. It was my mother's early death, at the age of 72, as a result of osteoporosis, that made me want to find out more about it. This path led me, in 1994, to the National Osteoporosis Society which I have been involved in, first as a Patron and then as its President, ever since.
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. We can only build bone strength up to the age of 30, so I would tell my younger self to make the most of that opportunity to build up credits in the bone bank!
That's the message, as President of the N.O.S., that I want to send my children, grandchildren and young people across the U.K. - remember that now is your chance to build up healthy bones which will keep you out of pain, and active in that far-off old age.
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