b'High CholesterolThirteen percent of people with high cholesterol reported that they are not managing their condition well. People in this group identified diet changes as a way to avoid taking medications, but again a lack of health insurance reimbursement for nutrition services or education might prevent people from making changes that could effectively lower their cholesterol.Example responses:Diet: I dont want to take any medication. PUSH PUSH PUSH nutrition. All these health people should be talking about our food supply!Food Cost/Access: More inexpensive access to healthier food.Exercise: Healthy diet and exercise but it should not cost!!!Health Education/Nutrition: Having any information whatsoever as far as what in my diet affects it.Health Care/ Health Insurance: I cant see a nutritionist to help because insurance does not cover.High Blood PressureAmong respondents with high blood pressure, 10 percent reported that they are not managing their condition well. The relationship of diet, exercise and medications were most often cited. Example responses:Diet: Working on changing diet to lower Hypertension, as the medicines Ive tried make me dizzy and feel like passing out.Exercise: Be more active & better foodsFood Cost/Access: Less stress and more affordable healthy food options.Medication: Better medication with fewer side effects than Lisinipril[sic].Health Care/ Health Insurance: Doctor immediately prescribed medication. No mention whatsoever of dietary changes.As the My Health Story qualitative data indicate, people with diet-related chronic diseases can readily identify diet and exercise as major factors that could help them manage their chronic conditions better. They also identified some of the resource, lifestyle and insurance barriers that prevent them from making changes. People with chronic conditions should have more opportunities to learn how to make changes. 19'