This Is What You Can Do To Prevent A Hernia

Our bodies are truly complex wonders. They can accomplish amazing feats when pushed to the brink. However, when we can feel the signs that something is off, it can mean that we've pushed too far. Let's use a hernia for example. If you're unsure about what a hernia even is, you're likely not alone. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, our internal organs are protected by layers of muscle and tissue. A hernia happens when there's a gap in our protective muscle and tissue layers, and internal contents stick out from the abdomen.

There are many symptoms of a hernia, some of which include a burning sensation, aching or sharp pain, a bulge you can see or feel, or unexplained pressure. If you believe you may have a hernia, then make an appointment with your doctor. Seek emergency treatment immediately if any of the aforementioned symptoms are paired with bloating, nausea, or a racing heart. Clearly, hernias are an unwelcome addition to daily life. Luckily there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening.

Maintain a healthy weight and quit smoking

Firstly, avoid lifting objects that are too heavy. If you absolutely must lift a heavy object, Mayo Clinic suggests bending your knees, not your waist.

Maintaining a healthy weight is advisable for a slew of health-related reasons, and it's also effective in preventing a hernia. "Being overweight can increase your risk of inguinal hernia," said Dr. Gary Anderson, a general surgeon and hernia specialist at Kettering Health. Extra weight means excess pressure and strain on your protective muscular wall. In addition to keeping your weight within a healthy range, focus on keeping a strong core, and drop smoking if you're in the habit.

While we are all susceptible to developing a hernia, Mayo Clinic shares that males, people who experience chronic constipation, and people with a family history of hernias are at particularly high risk. Keeping our complex and wondrous body healthy is a top priority. We don't always have full control over this, but luckily when it comes to hernias, there are preventative steps you can take.