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Week of November 20, 2000

    Question:   My mother is 76 years old, she has never been on HRT. She has been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis of the lower back and hip. Is HRT out of the question for someone to begin at age 76? Is there a site that would give me more info about the benefits of someone her age to start HRT?    Dr. Shiller's Answer


    Question:   How important is it to take synthroid on an empty stomach?    Dr. Shiller's Answer


    Question:   I am very active in soccer. Before I play I always make sure to drink plenty of fluids and stretch a lot. But toward the end of the game I experience severe leg cramps. I have no idea what is causing this and would like to know how to prevent this.    Dr. Shiller's Answer