PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
You may be able to lower your chances of small bowel prolapse with these strategies:
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you're overweight, losing some weight can decrease the pressure inside your abdomen.
- Prevent constipation. Eat high-fiber foods, drink plenty of fluids and exercise regularly to help prevent having to strain during bowel movements.
- Treat a chronic cough. Constant coughing increases abdominal pressure. See your doctor to ask about treatment if you have an ongoing (chronic) cough.
- Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to chronic coughing.
- Avoid heavy lifting. Lifting heavy objects increases abdominal pressure.
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