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Can strengthening your abs at the gym help you not get inguinal hernias?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: No.
Inguinal hernias occur at natural weak points of the abdominal wall.
We believe that chronic "wear-and-tear" can lead to a hole forming in the muscle in susceptible people, which manifests itself as a hernia. Therefore, what you think may be helping you can actually increase the risk of a hernia developing. In contrast, obesity is a risk factor, as well, so your best bet is aerobic exercise.

In brief: No.
Inguinal hernias occur at natural weak points of the abdominal wall.
We believe that chronic "wear-and-tear" can lead to a hole forming in the muscle in susceptible people, which manifests itself as a hernia. Therefore, what you think may be helping you can actually increase the risk of a hernia developing. In contrast, obesity is a risk factor, as well, so your best bet is aerobic exercise.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
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In brief: No
Inguinal hernias are a congenital problem. So the short answer is no!

In brief: No
Inguinal hernias are a congenital problem. So the short answer is no!
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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