Good points, Cathy. Unfortunately, I think the answer is the almighty $$$$. Can you imagine the money being made, and the money yet to be made, by keeping us "sick"?
Just look at statins and The Big Lie about lowfat foods - and most docs have bought in to it big time. They are AWFUL drugs that create so many subtle and some not-so-subtle side effects. The focus on cholesterol and the intake of fat is soooooooooo bogus. Think about how much $$ is involved in the "low fat" food industry, as well as the pharma $$ involved in statins.
The real culprit making our society sick - and raising cholesterol! - is carbs and carb overload. So much of what is happening is directly related to insulin resistance..........it is insulin resistance that comes first - before T2 diabetes..........it is insulin resistance that often runs in families (like mine), even when there are not weight issues.............at the same time, it is insulin resistance that often leads to the obesity we see in epidemic proportions in our society, along with misinformation about fats/proteins and the harmfulness of carb-overload..............it is insulin resistance that sometimes makes managing D so difficult.............in short, it is insulin resistance that cries out for much more research.............and how it is related to our autoimmune systems.
But think about all the $$ that would be lost by pharma if we actually figured out this puzzle. Yeah, I'm pissed, too! I have to believe that, eventually, truth and science will win out.