In five minutes or less…the presence of a beautiful woman may have a negative impact on your health. According to a study recently conducted by the University of Valencia, via The Telegraph:
The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is “out of their league”.
The researchers concluded: “In this study we considered that for most men the presence of an attractive woman may induce the perception that there is an opportunity for courtship.
“While some men might avoid attractive women since they think they are ‘out of their league’, the majority would respond with apprehension and a concurrent hormonal response.
“This study showed that male cortisol levels increased after exposure to a five-minute short social contact with a young, attractive woman.”
Cortisol can have a positive effect in small doses, improving alertness and well-being. However, chronically elevated cortisol levels can worsen medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and impotency.
My heavens. If it is any consolation…beautiful women don’t mean to be bad, we’re just drawn that way.