(HealthDay News) — A hernia occurs when part of the body protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that contains it, says Cleveland Clinic.

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From weakened muscles to repeated strains of the abdominal and groin areas, a hernia has a variety of causes.

To prevent a hernia, Cleveland Clinic suggests:

  • Maintain an ideal body weight. Eat a healthy diet, and exercise.
  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains to avoid constipation.
  • Use correct form when lifting weights or heavy objects.
  • See a doctor when you have a persistent cough or are sneezing.
  • Do not smoke. The practice can lead to coughing that triggers a hernia.

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