Height differences of husband-wife makes Guinness records



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Height differences of husband-wife makes Guinness records

Height differences of husband-wife makes Guinness records

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One husband and wife from Wales have always thought their relationship was special - but now they have been told it is record-breaking too.

James Lusted, 33, and wife Chloe, 27, from Rhyl in Denbighshire, have been confirmed by Guinness World Records as having one of the greatest height differences in the world, with nearly 2ft between them.

Chloe is 5ft 5.4in, making her 1ft 10 taller than her husband, who stands at 3ft 7in.

They are record holders in the category of married couple of different sexes, with the woman tallest.

James, an actor and presenter, has a rare form of dwarfism known as diastrophic dysplasia - which he admits made him question if he'd ever find someone to spend his life with.

He said: "I came to a point where I had to say to myself that dwarfism doesn’t own me - I own dwarfism.

"I just wanted to be the same as everyone else and I just wanted to live my life in a big way, in a little body.

"Being 3ft 7 it's tricky sometimes, but I can do everything you can do - just in a different way."

The pair first met through friends in 2012 whilst at a local pub, shortly after James had carried the Olympic torch through their home town.

They became a couple in December 2013, and seven months later James popped the question by a lake in north Wales. They were married in 2016.

Chloe, a teacher, said: "I always knew I wanted a big wedding with all my friends and family, and I think James was the same.

"We got married in the church that my sister got married in, so carried on the tradition. It was lots of people, a big celebration - exactly what I wanted."

Five years on, James and Chloe now have a two-year-old daughter called Olivia and say they are "living the dream".

"Having children just changes your life - it's brilliant," James said.

Why you should check your Blood Pressure regularly?



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High blood pressure is referred as ‘Hypertension’ as a medical term. This disease is often compared to an Iceberg. Because most of the sufferers doesn't even know about their disease, which resembles the submerged danger of an Iceberg. Some research shows that 42% of patients are unaware of their disease. 24% of patients are aware but do not take any steps to control their blood pressure. Only 34% of patients controls their BP.

Complications of uncontrolled Hypertension:

- Stroke (i.e. Intracranial Hemorrhage)
- Blindness (i.e. Hypertensive Retinopathy)
- Heart Attack (i.e. Coronary Artery Disease)
- Kidney Disease (i.e. Chronic Renal Failure)

How to diagnose Hypertension:

If someone has a blood pressure of 140/90, that is called Hypertension according to medical textbooks. Here, systolic blood pressure is 140mmHg and diastolic blood pressure is 90mmHg.

But before recording that blood pressure and confirming the diagnosis, the doctor must assure that the patient was at rest for at least 30 minutes and the patient didn't smoke or drink etc.

It is funny that some patients can show very high blood pressure only during a doctor's visit. This is called 'White Coat Hypertension'.

Hypertension has 3 grades:

G1: Systolic 140-159, Diastolic 90-99
G2: Systolic 160-179, Diastolic 100-109
G3: Systolic ≥180mmHg, Diastolic ≥110mmg

Causes of Hypertension:

Well, 95% of the cases don't have any definite reason. Those are called ‘Essential Hypertension’ as a medical term. But the rest are related to some conditions:

- Alchololism
- Obesity
- Pregnancy
- Kidney Disease
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Drugs: Steroids, Birth Control Pills, Anti-depressants etc.

Treatment Strategy:

A registered medical practitioner will prescribe drugs after reviewing the overall condition of a patient. Anti-hypertensive drugs should never be stopped without a doctor's consultation. Also, some advices must be followed by the patient:

- Avoid excessive salt consumption
- Avoid drinking and smoking
- Sleep for at least 7 hours at night
- Reduce excess body fat, etc.

So, check your blood pressure regularly.

Dr. Muhammad Muhidul Islam (MBBS)
Family Physician,
BioMed Diagnostic and Research Laboratory

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Simple home remedies to get rid of dark circles



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Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recommended some effective remedies made with easily available natural ingredients

Dark circles can be a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, including lack of sleep or high stress levels.

While adequate sleep and nutrition can work towards keeping dark circles at bay, there are some easy home remedies that can also help remove those dark patches.

Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recommended some simple home remedies made with easily available natural ingredients:

*Make tea using ginger, tulsi (basil), kesar (saffron); add honey and drink once a day. Each of the ingredients come with a lot of health benefits.

*Peanuts, jaggery and coconut — take a little bit of everything in a bowl and enjoy it as a 4pm snack.

*Diwekar also suggested a homemade pack for dark circles. Mix besan (gram flour) and fresh milk to make a paste and use it as a cleanser for the face; avoid soaps/ face wash, she suggested.

*Nap in the afternoon (maximum 30 mins) and sleep at night before 11:00pm.

*”Stay away from toxic people, both online and offline,” Diwekar further wrote on Instagram.

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Kiara Advani's style files have been the best all along



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Ever since Kiara Advani's debut in Bollywood, we have been continuously swooned by her fabulous styles.

Well, this weekend calls for a special fashion party, because it's none other than this style diva's birthday. The actress has been blowing up the Internet every now and then with her statement fashion looks giving us ample inspiration. Be it her edgy pantsuit looks, ethereal saree looks or tropical beach looks, there's no one quite like Kiara Advani who does it all so brilliantly.

Well, she's someone who doesn't settle for "less fashionable" looks; it's "take your audience's breath away with your style" or nothing at all! She has been a muse, a trend-starter making it her own statement and giving us countless moments to gasp in awe and wonder.

Kiara Advani

In honour of her birthday, here's to looking back at the stylish power that Kiara Advani is and of course, the great outfits.

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'Indians don't talk about sex - so I help them'



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Many Indian schools provide no sex education, leaving it to parents to talk to their children about sex and relationships. But often they are unsure what to say, sex coach Pallavi Barnwal tells the BBC's Megha Mohan.

Looking back, my conservative Indian upbringing was actually the perfect grounding for someone who would end up as a sex coach.

The earliest influence on me, although I didn't realise it at the time, was my parents' own relationship.

There were rumours about my parents' marriage for years. When I was around eight years old, I started getting questions about it. At parties, if I was separated from my family, an infantry of breathless aunties would corner me for an interrogation.

"Do your parents still share a room?"

"Have you heard any arguments?"

"Do you ever see a man visiting?"

I would be standing by a dessert table, about to spoon a scoop of ice cream into a bowl, or wandering through a garden looking for other children to play with and before I knew it, I'd be surrounded by excited women I barely knew, asking questions to which I definitely did not know the answer.

Years later, after my own divorce, my mother told me the full story. Early in my parents' marriage, before my brother and I were born, my mother felt a deep attraction to a man that turned into a physical affair. Within weeks guilt set in and she ended it. But in Indian communities, there are eyes and mouths everywhere. Over time, rumours reached my father.

It took my father 10 years, and two children, to finally ask her about it.

He promised her that any answer would not affect their relationship, but after years of murmurs he had to know. She told him everything. It was less about sex and more about intimacy, she said. It had happened at a time before they had started a family, when their marriage hadn't yet found its groove.

As soon as she stopped talking she noticed an immediate chill in the room. My father had instantly withdrawn. My mother's confirmation of a story he had suspected for years immediately severed any trust between them and their relationship rapidly decomposed.

This showed me very clearly that our inability to properly talk about sex and intimacy could break down families.

My family is from the state of Bihar in eastern India. It's one of the most populous, and largest regions in the country, bordering Nepal and with the river Ganges slicing through its plains. I had a conservative childhood. As with a lot of families, sex was not a subject that was openly discussed. My parents didn't hold hands or embrace, but then I don't remember seeing any couples in our community being physically affectionate either.

My first exposure to anything to do with sex came when I was 14.

Bored one afternoon, I went fishing through a pile of books in my father's cupboard when a thin pamphlet stacked between his novels and history books fell out. It contained several detailed short stories about a secret world where men and women explored each other's bodies. This book was definitely not literature, it was naughtier than that. One story was about a curious young girl who drilled a hole into a wall so she could watch a married couple she knew in bed. I had to look up the meaning of a Hindi word I had never heard before, chumban, which means a passionate French kiss.

I had so many questions but there was no-one to talk to.

My friends and I had never discussed anything close to this.

Engrossed in the book, it took several moments to come back to the present and hear my mother's voice calling me from another room.

At this time, in the late 1990s, I didn't know that I hadn't done anything wrong, that many children over the world had begun to learn about intimacy at this age, mostly in school. In Belgium, children are taught about sex as young as seven. But India isn't a place where sex is a mandatory part of the school curriculum. In fact, it wasn't until 2018 that India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released sexual education guidelines for schools. More than a dozen states out of 29 have chosen not to implement them. According to The Times of India, more than half of girls in rural India are unaware of menstruation or what causes it.

Source: BBC 

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