Dom Littlewood

Name:
Dom Littlewood
Date of birth:
March 29, 1965
Hometown:
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Diabetes Type:
Type 1

Dom Littlewood is a TV presenter and journalist. He is best known for shows such as Cowboy Builders and Don’t get Done, Get Dom.

He is also a regular guest on BBC’s The One Show.

In 2007, Littlewood took part in the BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, and he also contributes to Top Gear magazine.

Severe hypoglycemia

Littlewood was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10. He became severely ill during a family holiday to Devon: his weight had dropped to 4st and his parents drove him to hospital. He stayed in hospital for two weeks before being discharged.

In 2003, Littlewood suffered a severe hypo while visiting his sister Teresa in Hong Kong. Initially, the hotel reception hung up on him as they couldn’t understand what he was saying. Eventually, he was able to ring his sister, who immediately rushed to his aid. Littlewood was then admitted to hospital.

He suffered a second health scare during filming for Strictly Come Dancing. While dancing with his partner Lilia, a member of the TV crew asked him to check his blood glucose levels. They were extremely low.

Littlewood was given sugary drinks and quickly recovered. When he asked the TV crew member why she asked him to check his levels, Littlewood told The Mirror that she replied: “I’m a bit embarrassed to say it, but it’s the first time ever that it looked like you could dance!”

Daily routine

Littlewood typically starts each day with a bowl of porridge and some fruit, and because his television work can take him all over the country, he has to test his blood sugar levels quite frequently.

He gets regular exercise courtesy of his running machine at home, and as well as trying to keep fit and healthy, he doesn’t allow himself to be tempted by high-sugar desserts, such as crumble or meringues.

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