Does Exercise Help Hiatal Hernia?

  • Medical Author:
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

  • Medical Editor: Dennis Lee, MD
    Dennis Lee, MD

    Dennis Lee, MD

    Dr. Lee was born in Shanghai, China, and received his college and medical training in the United States. He is fluent in English and three Chinese dialects. He graduated with chemistry departmental honors from Harvey Mudd College. He was appointed president of AOA society at UCLA School of Medicine. He underwent internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Ask the experts

I am wondering if exercise will help with a hiatal hernia? I am also curious if alcohol or tobacco has any effects on pantoprazole (Protonix)?

Doctor's response

Exercise has no effect on hiatal hernias. Exercise, however, can increase acid reflux in people who are prone to acid reflux, presumably those individuals with weak lower esophageal sphincter muscles. (Exercise increases intra-abdominal pressure and can force stomach acid back into the esophagus through a weak lower esophageal sphincter.) The effects of alcohol and tobacco on the effectiveness of Protonix or related drugs (proton pump inhibitors or PPI's) are minimal, however, both alcohol and tobacco aggravate the underlying acid-related conditions for which Protonix is used, and they should be discouraged.

Medically reviewed by Robert Bargar, MD; Board Certification in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine


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Reviewed on 8/1/2017