tv Sanjay Gupta MD CNN May 19, 2012 4:30pm-5:00pm EDT
island of hawaii and the home of triathlons. we're going to be training our lucky seven for a week. you're going to be joining me. we're getting ready for the malibu triathlon in september. let's get started. >> we'll get to the fit nation lucky seven in just a moment. first, we have big medical headlines to get to. an hiv test you can do by yourself as home just got unanimous backing from an fda advisory panel. you get results in 20 minutes, and if approved it will be in drugstores over the counter. the thinking is quite simple, so more people will be tested if they can do it in the privacy of their own homes. >> if you're at home by yourself, at home with loved ones and the test comes up positive, you have to prepared
what you're going to do, how you're going to react. do you know where to go to seek medical attention. do you have a support system you can talk to about these kind of things? >> also, a big push against alzheimer's. the federal government announced new money and new plans to find an effective presentative treatment against alzheimer's. one study would administer an experiment drug to people in colombia whose genetic mutation almost always leads to alzheimer's. >> they're hoping the drug will stop the disease from progressing. also, the latest headline in our continuing coverage of toxic america, led poisoning. they have cut the limit in half. before this, fewer than 100,000 children were thought to be at risk. thou the number is more than 300,000. lead, which is usually found in
older homes from chips of old paint, which devastating to the brain and the whole central nervous system. most doctors, say any amount of lead is too much. >> today, the mantra is that there's no level of lead in a child's blood that is safe. >> under the microscope here in hawaii, a place that obviously has plenty of sunshine, sun block. you know, there's a lot of drugstore shelves that last year we were told would be gone by june. the fda has changed course when it said that manufacturers now have until september to remove promises of waterproof and sweatproof from sunscreen labels because the claims don't hold true. they're also looking into whether spray conscreens can cause a health risk. and if you use a spray, you might not be adequately covered. what you want to pay attention to is spf. the numbers might surprise you.
sunscreen with an spf of 15 blocks about 93%. spf 30 blocks out 97%. but here is thing, an spf of 100 blocks 1% more, 99%. save your cash with a lower spf that is almost exactly as effective. lastly, you want to make sure it says broad spectrum on the label. that will protect you from uva and uvb rays. we have been wearing plenty of sunscreen while training the lucky fit seven. they're a few viewers who have come a long way. >> by the time you see this, i may already be dead from heart attack or stroke. >> it all began when seven lucky cnn viewers submitted their stories to our website. >> as we attempt to make a difference in other people's lives, the first life i need to make a difference in is mine. >> next september, i'm getting
married to the father of my twins, chris, after eight long years. the biggest gift i can get him is starting our life off in fitness and in health. >> lucky seven. >> they came together in atlanta in early february to start this journey. we dubbed them the lucky seven. they swam, they biked, they ran. all of them beginner athletes with one audacious goal, to race the nautica malibu triathlon with me in september. >> get across the finish line? >> no doubt. >> to see them is to know they each have their own obstacles. >> i had my right leg amp uitated below the leg. >> they have been transforming them schblgs. their workouts and their diets, one day at a time. with just four months to go, there's still plenty of time to train.
and we're joined now by one of our athletes, rick morris, whose video we watched. you're a veteran, and you wanted to quit smoking, two of the lie lites i remember from the video. you put the cigarette out last time we met. and how has that been going? have you been able to not go back? >> i have. no relapses at all. i will never go back to smoking. >> i talk about switches going off for people, a lot of people say, look, i have kids. i want to live a long time, but i still smoke or i do things that are unhealthy. what made it possible for you? >> i think just the total desire to want to quit. i got tired of not sleeping well, i got tired of feeling poorly, you know. was very concerned about my health. i don't know there was one single thing. i think it was a combination of a lot of things and i really wanted to quit because of all of the negative aspects of smoking. i can tell you, it feels like someone has taken a dirty filter out of my lugs.
>> i saw you on the bike yesterday. it looked like you were plugging away really well. one thing they'll tell you is universally, in order to do this, accomplish this, you have to overcome significant obstacles. nancy k thanks for joining us. what were some of the things you were most worried about when you started this? >> every aspect of it. i guess i was most worried about the commitment and making the time and feeling guilty for making the time. to do some things for myself. >> you said the old nancy is gone. >> the old nancy is gone. >> what does that mean? >> i went for a bike ride yesterday. and i felt like i just became this different person on this bike ride. and i felt like i could ride forever. i rode in and someone said to me, nancy, that was great. i guess my response was, that wasn't nancy. it's hard to explain, but it's just, i'm a different pierson
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tout. >> tell me about the swimming. did you know how to swim as a kid or a young person? >> i thought i did until i got into the training. i found out i was playing in the water and getting from one point to the other without drowning. >> when you look out at the water and this is the ironman swim start over here, what goes through your mind now? in terms of, you still intimidated? less so? >> i'm not as intimidated because the whole swimming part has taken me out of the comfort zone. i could bike, pick up me feet and put them down and run, but swimming wasn't my thing. >> when you talk ability triathlons, you talk about three sports. the swim glen was talking about. we'll talk about the biking in a little bit. but the run, the last part of the race, jeff is here joining me. it's in some ways even if you're a runner, the hardest part because it's the end. you already swam, piked. you're tired. ia weren't a runner? >> i wasn't an athlete at all.
when you came on the radio show in january, less than five months ago, my coach april and i went out to a 5k course near the house, and we walked it, and i ran one little quarter mile distance. that was a start. like three or four minutes running. and every week, i would get out there and just put one foot in front of the other. if i started at three minutes, i tried to go to 3:30, and then 4:00. >> one of the things we hope to get ow of this challenge is obvious lly helping people like you and then having you help and inspire a lot of other people. you're a well known radio dj. what has the respaunts been? >> kind of mind blowing because i get every single day with e-mail or some sort of social media a note from somebody calling me an inspiration. and that's not something that i ever would have considered myself. i never would put myself in the
category of somebody who inspires. but i think people are just excited at the fact that 4 1/2 months ago, i was barely doing a quarter mile. and i was sore the next day and winded for 20 minutes afterwards. and talking about my journey, i am able to go 5k, four miles i ran the other day here in hawaii. so i think it's -- if i can do it, anybody can do it. it's cool people are responding to that. >> congratulations. no doubt you're going to be at the finish line? >> absolutely. i can't wait to get there. >> i love to hear it. as i mentioned, the swim, the run, as jeff talked about. in the middle of that is the bike ride. we're going to join another one of our athletes. adrian who didn't see a dream of doing what she is doing now. stay with us. they have names like idle time books and smash records
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we're back. many of you probably rode bikes as kid, but imagine slip nothing to a bike, racing it in a race, and doing it on the highway, which is home of the ironman in kona. that's what adrienne just did. you didn't think you would be able to do this just a few weeks ago. >> correct. >> what was it that made you able to do this? >> real a, it's ronny. i was about to use a flat pedal bike, and she -- i said, no, i'm going to try the clips. i was scared because i kept falling while dismounting.
she showed me a trick. >> what was it? >> so, i kept falling on my clipped in leg when i was on the bike. i would unclip with my left and freak out and then i would fall right. and so she said, you know, unclip with your left and then slow down, and then on your right, which was clipped in, hug the bike. >> with your leg like this. >> yeah, and denise said this, too. even if you fall, you're going to fall on your leg that is clipped out. >> you're getting married right around the time of the tri. you had a lot of goals. you wanted to accomplish this and have it in conjunction with the wedding. you wanted to lose weight, uwanted to become more fit. are you able to measure success? >> definitely. before i tame here, i lost 23 pounds. >> wow. >> and the past five weeks, i have been really kind of restricting my diet to no dairy and no meat and no sugar and no
caffeine. so i thought it was going to be really hard. i haven't been perfect. i have cheated a few times with some shrimp, but that alone, i feel like i'm so much more in control, especially when eating out. menu options are so limited then wrnch. >> you know this, and a lot of people are learning this at home as well, but nutrition, hydration, all of that, especially while you're training and racing, is so important. you can't ignore that stuff at all. let's talk about that next. >> we're joined by chris. and carlos. chris is a three-time ironman champion, a professional athlete. carlos is one of our lucky seven. thanks to both of you for joining us. we got off a pretty good bike ride. one thing that comes up is nutrition, hydration, all along your training, in competition. hot outside. how do you manage, first of all, your nutrition?
>> you have to watch about your environment. when you come to an island like this where it's hot and you come from a location that's docooler you have to get the electrolytes. >> you have to get the calories. water is great for most actativeties, but you need calories. >> you have to put some calories in you. >> chris, carlos is a type two diabetic. has not done a triathlon before. i find this inspiring because we hear so many people who are diabetic saying this is not for me. not true. how has the experience been? >> it's been beyond my expectations. >> you listen to what chris says, you have been doing your own homework on hydration, nutrition. is it harder for you as a type two diabetic? >> when i started working out, it was hard. am i eating too much, you know, am i taking in too many calories? so i just increased my checking
my blood shieger level. and being diabetic, you know, i do it two, three times a day. when i'm working out, i do a precheck and post check. >> a lot of diabetics tell me, if the die it right, it could be easier to manage their diabetes when they're actively training. >> you have to to the right. you can't mess with this disease. it will take your life if you do. i don't want to do that. >> appreciate it. >> i'm about to introduce you to one of the most inspiring people i think you may ever meet. she also happens to be a member of the lucky seven. denise, how is it going? >> life is great. >> pretty beautiful. >> denise, people see you right away that you are missing below the knee on your right leg. >> yes. >> tell us what happened. >> in 2008 while i was a senior in college, i was sliding into second base and i broke my leg,
and from that day, i just had an infection, and there were problems with surgeries after that, so i ended up an amputee. >> you were young. >> i was 22 when i broke my leg and 24 when i was amputated. >> you were anathy lete. this happened why you were playing sports. >> i played collegiate softball. >> at that time, i imagine there were so many things going through your mind. one of which was i may never be an athlete again. >> yeah, i remember very, very clearly being, laying in the hospital and right after the amputation, and thinking, okay, you need to pick up the covers and you need to take a look at your life now. and you know, it took a lot of courage, but i decided i had to face it head on and try to regain my life back. >> you are going to be competing in the triathlon with everyone else. >> of course, yes. >> tell us about that. people who aren't familiar with triathlons, you start off running into the water. then you come out and are
transitioning to a bike. describe what that's like for you. >> i'll have a handler with me. they will give me a shoulder to lean on. i'll have to hop into the water. as soon as i can get into the water and swim, some people are going to run until their waist and start swimmer. for me, it's different. as soon as i can get down onto my belly and start swimming, it eliminates the amount of hopping i have to do. >> is this a wholesale change in your life? this is obviously an event in malibu in september. how much on impact for the rest of denise's life has this made? >> now that i'm doing this, i know that i can do absolutely anything. kwl mean, the possibilities are -- it's limitless now, and i know that. just getting out there and swimming, hopping in the water and swimming and coming back out, getting on a bike and running, i can't believe that two years ago, i was laying in a hospital bed thinking my life was over. and now here i am today living my life to the fullest.
>> really apraeshate it. a real inspiring thing. a real honor to know you. >> thank you very much. >> we're going to be talking about something that can help you chase life right after the break. you hear a lot about coffee. you hear about the caffeine in coffee, but there is something that might help you as well. stay with us. so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. [ woman ] lower cholesterol. [ man 2 ] yummy. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste and whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios.
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you may have guessed. it's coffee. if you're like most americans, you already had a cup today. most americans drink 3.1 cups on average. a question a lot of people ask, is coffee in fact good for you? we have come to the place to ask the question. these are coffee -- they look like fruit. >> this coffee comes from a flower. then it becomes a fruit like it would a citrus. goes green, and you grow to color. and i'm going to squeeze this and pop out the two beans. >> these are actually what the coffee -- how it all starts. >> two coffee beans and a cherry. we call it coffee cherry even though it's coffee. as a fruit. >> one of the things i hear often, triathletes and others alike is that cuffee can be healthy in moderate. >> in moderation, the studies have shown if you drink too much coffee, it can not be good for your heart, but two cups a day is good for your heart.
>> there are specific things in the beans themselves, but also the skin, i have heard about chromium, magnesium, being helpful for people with dibees. >> as well as in the skin, there's polyphenols. antioxidants. with nine times the strength of blue berries. >> can we have a cup of coffee? we're going to let you go as well. you want do do these things in moderation. four to seven cups, for example, too much coffee, too much caffeine, can cause anxiety,ireitability, sleeplessinous, and we're talking about coffee and coffee alone. not just caffeine drinks such as soda drinks with a lot of caffeine. we're going to have a cup of coffee n joy the beans. back next week. time to get you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. is