Anne Mullens, BSc, BJ

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Anne Mullens is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author, specializing in health and science writing.

Anne has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University. She was a medical reporter at the Vancouver Sun during the 1980s and has written for numerous Canadian and international newspapers and magazines — and she also authored two critically acclaimed books on health topics.

During her more than 30 years as a leading science and health writer in Canada, Anne has won more than a dozen Canadian awards for her work.

These awards include some of the most prestigious in Canada, including the 1987 Michener Award for Meritorious Reporting, the 1989 South Journalism Fellowship, the 1993 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, and the 1996 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction (for her book Timely Death).

Anne has also won two Canadian Science Writer awards (1985, 1987) and a 1999 National Magazine silver award for Science Writing. Her articles have been included in anthologies of top non-fiction. She also has been a lead author or co-author on a number of articles and studies published in medical journals. In fact, Anne has more than 1,500 unique articles linked to her name on various sites and publications on the internet.

Anne’s pre-diabetes diagnosis in 2015 — despite being of normal weight, exercising regularly, and eating what she thought was a healthy diet — was a bewildering shock. It sent her searching through medical literature and the Internet for solutions to stave off what she feared was inevitable type 2 diabetes because of her family history and her diagnosis, since adolescence, of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

She discovered Diet Doctor, embraced the low-carb, keto diet, lost 10 pounds (or 5 kilos), trimmed inches from her waist and returned her blood sugar to normal ranges. Her story about reversing pre-diabetes began appearing in Reader’s Digest editions around the world in February of 2017.

Her personal experience has made Anne a passionate advocate for the health-improving impacts of low-carb diets. Before joining Diet Doctor, she coached family and friends in the diet, pitched international editors with new LCHF stories, and developed her own low-carb recipes.

Anne joined Diet Doctor in June of 2017 as a freelancer and then joined the company full-time as a senior writer and editor in January of 2019.

She is now delighted to be spending all her time with the Diet Doctor team, helping to spread the word about the health and science around low carb and to make low carb simple for a global audience.

In the spring of 2018, Anne completed the Professional Training in Low Carbohydrate High Fat/Ketogenic Nutrition & Treatment Online Training program, provided by the Noakes Foundation Nutrition Network. In 2020, she received her certificate of completion of the Diet Doctor/PIM Continuing Medical Education (CME) course: Treating metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity with therapeutic carbohydrate restriction.

Most popular guides

  • Alcohol and the keto diet: 7 things you need to know
  • Is your fasting blood glucose higher on low carb or keto? Five things to know
  • IBS and the keto diet



Dr. Glen House promotes low-carb diets for those with spinal cord injuries
Telling inspiring stories of doctors using low-carb diets
Dr. Roshani Sanghani: tackling India's diabetes epidemic
Dr. Tony Hampton brings low-carb eating to Chicago's South Side
Weight gain and menopause: 8 tips to win the battle of the middle-age bulge
Low carb: myths that refuse to die
Ketones and low carb in the time of Covid-19: Helpful or harmful speculation?
Weight loss and diabetes reversal: UK couple’s dramatic health improvements with low carb
New book: well-raised meat is good for you, animals, and the planet
BMJ editorial: Endorse low carb for COVID-19 prevention
Exploring coronary artery calcium with Dr. Arthur Agatston
More than 500+ healthcare providers now on our map
ProPublica: Crusading cardiologist aims to prevent diabetic amputations
Trying to conceive? Try the better baby diet of beef, butter & bacon
Nutrition Coalition exposes more flaws in dietary guidelines process
Teicholz op-ed: Reduce pandemic's toll with low-carb
Why do men lose more weight on a low-carb diet? A surprising answer
Diet Doctor EAT Android App is finally here. Check it out.
Health agencies embrace homemade face masks
Should you wear a homemade mask in public?
Watch the Low Carb Denver 2020 recorded sessions
Low-carb doctors: will you do remote consultations?
Calling Android users: help test our app
Reflecting from self-isolation
Six tips for low-carb COVID-19 preparedness
Low Carb Denver 2020: Day three
Low Carb Denver 2020: Day two
Low Carb Denver live stream: Today's program
Low Carb Denver 2020 live stream starts tomorrow
Study: Ketogenic diet improves PCOS markers
Calling all low-carb doctors: sign a letter protesting misinformed reporting
Watch the live stream of Low Carb Denver – sign up for free now
Diet Doctor Eat reviews: putting the app in appetizing
Deep Dive — Hacking stalls
Deep Dive — Controlling insulin
A bright light at the end of our Android tunnel
Deep Dive — Improving sleep
How to hack a weight-loss stall
Breaking news: American Diabetes Association CEO manages her diabetes with a low-carb diet
Deep Dive — Outsmarting food reward
Deep Dive — Resisting temptations
Deep Dive — Speeding progress
Top 10 tips to break a keto weight-loss stall
Get motivated and inspired at Low Carb Denver 2020
Investors back low-carb treatments for type 2 diabetes
Journal firestorm: JAMA documents orchestrated backlash
Op-ed: Mislabelling a diet "low-carb" is dangerous
Is keto right for you? In two weeks, you'll know
The New York Times starts 2020 with a feature on keto
US News promotes its biased diet rankings… again
The New York Times launches 7-day sugar challenge
Top 10 tips to lose weight on low carb or keto for women 40+
Study: Low carb better for shrinking fat cells and improving insulin resistance
Keto diet explored on popular Vox podcast
Column: No improvement in diabetes care since 2005. Oh yeah?
Creating our holiday e-magazine
Why can’t mainstream medicine admit low-carb works?
Article: US government doesn't know or care about optimal nutrition
"Buying a little black dress to celebrate"
First ever low-carb conference comes to Tel Aviv
Fat-shaming firestorm: Is it motivating or bullying?
Zucchini bounty — and some tips for their versatile use
Two keto books are best-sellers in Quebec
Study: Small cuts to carb loads can improve blood sugar
What you need to know about low blood pressure
What you need to know about high blood pressure
Keto dishes bloom in trend-setting LA
New study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb
New low-carb cookbooks by two Diet Doctor team members
Studies: What causes insulin resistance? It's the insulin!
High-profile ad urges low-carb approach to dietary guidelines
Nearly half of US households include a low carber
Op-Ed: Climate change is real — but don't blame cows
What kind of dog are you?
Study: More evidence that exercise won’t necessarily speed weight loss much
New documentary tackles dietary fat myths and mistakes
Study: Gene helped humans adapt to higher-carb world — but 50% of us don't have it
What is normal blood pressure?
Keto HEAL Clinics suddenly close
Ketogenic nutrition training program launched
Facebook shuts down, then reinstates, popular low-carb support group
A grateful text reverberates our purpose
Check out our new map of doctors recommending low carb
Teicholz op-ed: New dietary guidelines to leave out 60% of population
Sinking our teeth into the carnivore diet: what's known, what's not
Low-carb doctors proud to be counted: Six reasons why it matters to world health
More sustainable, ethical meat? How about trying a steak from older cows?
Is it hunger? Or is that pang a need for something else?
WHO pulls out of EAT-Lancet event after criticism from Italy
Mainstream food columnist questions dietary guidelines
Leg cramps cramping your style? New guide aims to help
6 ways to kick nasty leg cramps to the curb
US researchers explore link between sugar, insulin, keto, and cancer
New military study: "Remarkable" results among soldiers on a ketogenic diet
Media Inquiries
Meat vs. tofu study: a new contender for the research hall of shame
New research: keto improves liver health markers
Diet Doctor members: paying it forward so others benefit
Dr. Bret Scher: Evaluating the evidence, challenging medical dogma
Prediction: Even healthy people will be tracking blood sugar
US appeals court: No warning labels on sugary drinks
Your thin friends can scarf down carbs? It may be their genes
Commentary: Doctors concerned about Canada's new food guide
Commentary: US Government must tame rampant insulin greed
The new Canada Food Guide: Once again high-carb, low-fat
Virta program praised in diabetes prevention article
A low-carb diet does not mean a low-fiber diet
Report: Cut red-meat eating by 80 percent to save the planet?
Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Empowering people everywhere to revolutionize their health
Turning the tables on how meat gets to the table
Canadian doctors rock awareness-raising about low-carb eating
University reveals more of sugar industry's "sick secrets"
2-year results of the Virta Health keto study: patients thriving
New Year's poll: Top dieting resolutions feature a low-carb diet
The New York Times asks: Is there an optimal human diet?
Meat and dairy belong in a healthy diet, experts say
The green keto meat eater, part 3
Struggling to afford insulin
New online archive reveals food industry's tactics
The green keto meat eater, part 2
Powerful beverage lobby is battling to keep juice in new Canadian food guide
Coming to a store shelf near you: more confusing labels on certain edible oils
Study: Millions of people with diabetes won't get the insulin they need by 2030
Is a low-protein, high-carb diet the key for a better aging brain? Maybe in mice
$150 million for diabetes strategy in Canada
Content, community and connection: The value of low-carb conferences
The green keto meat eater, part 1
Six ways to stay environmentally friendly on a low-carb or keto diet
The quintessential Swedish experience
When you’re fueled by fat, traveling is a relative breeze
The ode to zucchini
Reflections on humans held captive in a carbohydrate culture
In praise of liver: falling in love with a widely reviled food
Can keto help certain kids? A pediatrician's story
The keto diet two ways: 1) easy, simple and cheap or 2) processed, packaged and expensive
Can keto help autism? Ellis' story
Can a ketogenic diet help kids with ADHD, autism and more?
Ketogenic diet for mental health: Come for the weight loss, stay for the mental health benefits?
The ketogenic diet for Alzheimer's prevention and treatment: Can it help?
A closer look at infant neural tube defects and diets – do you know what to eat for the sake of your unborn child?
Gary Taubes: Crusading champion for better nutrition science
Journalist Nina Teicholz:
In the world of nutrition, a bulldozer for truth

Ignoring the mainstream myths about low-carb ketogenic eating
Dr. Jason Fung: Dismantling diet dogma, one puzzle piece at a time
Dr. Ted Naiman: Treating patients with low carb for 20 years
Low-carb profiles: Dr. Sarah Hallberg
IBS and the keto diet
Wanna dance, wanna move
Sunday morning eggs
Alcohol and the keto diet: 7 things you need to know
Is your fasting blood glucose higher on low carb or keto? Five things to know
The keto diet: Happy muscles running on fat
Slipping and recovering on the keto journey
Reflections on a troubled birth – could it have been avoided with ketogenic eating?
Can a keto diet treat brain cancer?
Can low carb or keto help with gestational diabetes in pregnancy?
Is low carb and keto safe during pregnancy?
Never too old, too sick, too late to experience positive results with low-carb eating
Trying to conceive? Try the better baby diet of beef, butter & bacon
Fighting fat phobia: Changing fat from feared to revered once again
Eight reasons to adopt a low-carb diet for polycystic ovary syndrome
"A light went on for me"

Potential conflicts of interest

Updated August 8, 2019.

Anne Mullens has a full-time contract agreement with to write and edit news stories, guides, features and other Diet Doctor content as needed. Like every coworker, she also gets the option to become a co-owner in the Diet Doctor company.

Anne is the founder and president of Santé Communications Group, a Canadian health communications and media relations firm. While working for Diet Doctor, she has stepped away from her role at Santé to concentrate on helping Diet Doctor empower people everywhere to dramatically improve their health by making low carb simple.

Anne had her own health transformed by switching to a low-carb diet.


You can connect with Anne Mullens via LinkedIn. She also has a personal website, detailing her past work.


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