They spend all your money, attract the worst instincts in your buddies, and were the cause of literature’s most epic 10-year war. Now scientists have found another reason to be suspicious of beautiful women — they’re bad for your health.
According to a recent study, men’s levels of cortisol — the body’s stress hormone — go through the roof when left alone with a woman who is “out of their league.”
Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, according to a study from the University of Valencia.
The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is “out of their league.” Those high levels of cortisol “produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease … diabetes, hypertension and impotency.”:
Researchers tested 84 male students by asking each one to sit in a room and solve a Sudoku puzzle. Two strangers, one male and one female, were also in the room.
According to The Telegraph, the blokes showed increased levels of cortisol after “exposure” to a young hottie during a five-minute session.
While young men and lesbians might be in danger of having heart attacks, taking the occasional look, apparently isn’t all that bad:
Cortisol can have a positive effect in small doses, improving alertness and well-being.