Photo by bmay33A recent study puts a whole new meaning on "heart-stopping." Apparently, if you're hot, you're a health risk to all those poor boys out there.
According to UK's Telegraph, even just five minutes alone with an attractive stranger causes men's levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) to rise, increasing their risk for heart disease.
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.
When the female stranger left the room and the two men remained sitting together, the volunteer's stress levels didn't rise. However, when the volunteer was left alone with the female stranger, his cortisol levels rose.
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."
Hear that all you Angelina Jolie look-alikes? You're a liability!
I like thinking that I can make a man sweat, get weak in the knees, maybe stumble over his words a bit, but I sure don't want to be responsible for his heart disease. Who wants to bet that the scientists behind this study were men? They do have a tendency to blame us for things ... heck, why not heart failure? I'm sure the hard facts of this study are true (who doesn't get a little nervous when they're around an attractive person?), but to say it's a health risk is a bit extreme. If that's truly the case, men are screwed.
What are your thoughts on this study?