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Just an fyi question/answer thingy on Medscape. Free registration is required.
Warning, Medscape is for 'medical professionals' ; which I'm not. But, I've still signed up for their free weekly emails (you get to pick the subject; mine, of course, is diabetes); and they deliver the real research results (not Science News condensed, be forewarned! And I have a Science News subscription myself. But the summaries are often understandable--even to me!)
And you can set up a 'homepage' inside it, with your primarily-interested news; so mine is a Diabetes and Endicrinology page.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460876
Diabetes & Endocrinology Ask The Expert
Waiting for a Change in Hemoglobin A1C
Posted 09/09/2003
from Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology

Question

How long do you need to wait to see a change in hemoglobin A1C after making a modification in a diabetes medication regimen?


Response

from John B. Buse, MD, PhD, CDE, FACE, 09/09/2003


EXCERPT:

...Because A1C seems to have a half-life of about 28 days, of the eventual change in A1C that would occur over 3 months after a change in treatment, perhaps 50% will occur within 1 month and 75% in 2 months.
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