Source: Telegraph UK (Summary by NIM)
Another one for the 'crazy' files! According to scientists, being in the presence of beautiful women for as little as 5 minute is enough to send your stress hormones skyrocketing, taking a toll on your overall health. What's more - if you feel the woman is 'out of your league', the effect is even further heightened (true story)!!
Researchers from the University of Valencia have found that when men are left alone in a room with an attractive woman, their stress hormones skyrocket, which has been linked to a number of health conditions. In their study, a male participant was asked to complete a sudoku puzzle in a room with another man and an attractive woman. When the woman left and the two men were left alone in the room, there was no change in stress hormones. If the other man left and the woman remained, the participant's stress hormones hit the roof.
In some cases, heightened levels of cortisol can be beneficial, adding to a sense of urgency and improving well-being, but if they are chronically heightened, this can lead to greater amounts of fat deposits around the abdomen, in addition to worsening medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension. Something to keep in mind if you work with lots of beautiful women! Better work on your diet and exercise regime if you want to counteract these effects!
Check out the full article called "Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists" from Telegraph UK (May 3, 2010).