Diabetes Management
Published on: Feb 20, 2023
3 min Read

What Can a 1-Point Reduction In HbA1c Mean For You?

What a 1% in HbA1c can mean for you
Spread the love

What is 1 point? It seems so insignificant in most contexts, but for the health of a person with type 2 diabetes, it can make a night and day difference in health complications and risks linked to diabetes.

So, if you are someone who is trying to manage type 2 diabetes and on any given day you feel like your motivation is low. If you are not sure what it is that you are working towards or statistically how can you measure the importance of your efforts, read on. 

For starters, let us understand what is HBA1c

The hbA1c or the Hemoglobin A1c test gives you the three months average of your blood sugar levels. It is also referred to as the A1c test is one of the main diagnostic tests for type 2 diabetes

An HbA1c of more than 6.5% is an indication of type 2 diabetes. Whereas, HbA1c of between 5.7-6.4% is considered to be prediabetes.  Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you can contact your doctor and get started on medicine and intensive lifestyle therapy with a diabetes management program immediately to control your blood sugar medicines. 

What are some of the steps you can take?

Since type 2 diabetes is a condition that can affect every organ in your body, it is important that you take action as soon as you get your diagnosis. Here are some of the things you can do: 

1) See a physician

 As soon as you get your diagnosis through one of the diabetes diagnostic tests such as HbA1c, oral glucose tolerance test, or random blood sugar test, it is important that you contact a doctor.

Your doctor will get you started on medicines based on your hbA1c levels. You can always stop and reduce your medicines when your blood sugar is in control. 

2) Take medicines regularly

Once your doctor has prescribed medicines it is important to take them regularly and not take the decision to stop taking them without the recommendation of your doctor or diabetes management team. 

3) Make some changes in your lifestyle

Managing your diabetes is possible with intensive lifestyle therapy. By forming healthy habits to make changes in all lifestyle parameters that affect your blood sugar levels namely, diet, exercise, stress, and sleep. 

4) Enroll in a diabetes management program

A diabetes management program can help you get comprehensive and personalized expert management for your lifestyle. With digital therapeutic programs, you can get data-based insights from a continuous glucose monitoring device or a smart glucometer and make targeted changes to your diet, exercise, stress, and sleep.

Fitterfly’s diabetes management program can help you achieve your health goals from the comfort of your home. To know more talk to our program advisor.

Do all of these actions sound overwhelming? Do you feel like what is the point of taking all these efforts for a health condition for which you have no symptoms currently? We are here to tell you why it is worth it to commit to lowering your HbA1c even by 1 point.

No more stress while managing diabetes

Don’t struggle alone & get the expert care you deserve

Invalid number
Invalid Email Id
A Smiling man with folded hands

What does a 1-point reduction in HbA1c mean for you? 

Just a 1-point reduction in HbA1c can: 

1) 21% risk reduction for deaths related to diabetes

2) 14% risk reduction for myocardial infarction or heart attack

3) 12% risk reduction for stroke

4) 37% risk reduction for microvascular complications like neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy

So, even if you feel like you are early into your diagnosis and an HbA1c of 7-8 is not a cause of concern, change your perspective and think about how much better life will be if your HbA1c comes down by one point.

As they say, a stitch in time saves nine. And remember that every day of blood sugar control significantly reduces your risk of complications and improves your quality of life. Not only this reducing your hBA1c will also lead to a reduction or stoppage of your medication. 


Now that you know how much making these small changes can impact your life, it is time to form healthy habits that you can sustain for life. 

With the help of specialist doctors and expert-created diabetes management programs, you can go on to control your diabetes and even reduce or stop medicines. To know more about the program reach out to our program advisor.

- By Fitterfly Health-Team
No more stress while managing diabetes

Don’t struggle alone & get the expert care you deserve

Invalid number
Invalid Email Id
A Smiling man with folded hands