inguinal hernias cannot be prevented, especially in
infants and children. Adults may be able to prevent a few hernias or prevent a
hernia from recurring by following some of these suggestions:
Avoid becoming overweight. Being overweight
creates greater abdominal pressure and increases your risk for developing an
inguinal hernia. Stay at a healthy weight through diet and
Avoid rapid weight loss (such as in crash dieting). Rapid
weight-loss programs may be lacking in protein and vitamins that are needed for
muscle strength, causing weakness in the muscles of the
Stop smoking. Chronic coughing from smoking increases the
risk of developing a hernia.
Avoid constipation and straining
during bowel movements and urination. Straining causes increased pressure
inside the abdomen.
Use good body mechanics when lifting heavy
objects. Lift with your legs, not with your back. For more information, see the
Back Problems: Proper Lifting.