The Reading / Listening - Fasting - Level 3

Scientists have conducted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health benefits. Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short period of time. It is usually around 24 hours but can be for a few days. The tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the USA and Italy. They found that occasional fasting in mice could reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. The scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-fat diet. They then gave the mice just 10% of their normal calorie intake for three days. The scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice work better.



The pancreas is an organ in the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the hormone insulin. The body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) in the blood. People with diabetes have trouble producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too much sugar in their blood. This can cause death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes, either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no effect. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased amounts of beta cells and insulin. They said their results were very promising and that tests now need to be done on humans.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Fasting - Level 0 Fasting - Level 1   or  Fasting - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.nhs.uk/news/2017/02February/Pages/Fasting-diet-may-help-regenerate-diabetic-pancreas.aspx
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/this-fasting-diet-could-reverse-diabetes-and-repair-the-pancreas-says-new-research
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. FASTING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about fasting. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       scientists / tests / mice / health benefits / fasting / diabetes / heart disease / calorie /
       organ / cells / body / insulin / sugar / health / blood / diet / promising / humans

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. TRAINING: Students A strongly believe we should all receive regular training on how to eat healthily; Students B strongly believe this isn't necessary.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. DIETS: What do you think of these diets? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Fasting

 

 

Mediterranean Diet

 

 

Vegetarian diet

 

 

Fruit only diet

 

 

Low-protein diet

 

 

Fast food diet

 

 

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5. EATING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "eating". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. HEALTH: Rank these with your partner. Put the healthiest things to do at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • laugh with friends
  • go hiking
  • take a long bath
  • avoid fast food
  • eat vegetables
  • sleep
  • meditate
  • exercise

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists did tests on monkeys to show the effects of fasting.     T / F
  2. The tests were conducted by universities in two different countries.     T / F
  3. Scientists found that occasional fasting could cut the risk of cancer.     T / F
  4. Scientists found that fasting made the pancreas in the body work better. T / F
  5. The pancreas is an organ that produces alpha cells to make insulin.     T / F
  6. Insulin helps to break down glucose in the blood.     T / F
  7. In type 2 diabetes, too much insulin is produced.     T / F
  8. Scientists made promises to each other because of their test results.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. conducted
  2. short
  3. occasional
  4. normal
  5. found
  6. produce
  7. trouble
  8. cause
  9. amounts
  10. promising
  1. quantities
  2. usual
  3. discovered
  4. brief
  5. problems
  6. done
  7. good
  8. periodic
  9. lead to
  10. make

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Scientists have conducted
  2. Fasting is eating or drinking very
  3. reduce the risk
  4. gave the mice just 10% of their
  5. this diet made the pancreas in the mice
  6. The pancreas is an organ
  7. The body uses insulin to break
  8. there is too much sugar
  9. the insulin that is produced has
  10. They said their results were very
  1. normal calorie intake
  2. promising
  3. work better
  4. in the body
  5. little or nothing
  6. in their blood
  7. tests on mice
  8. no effect
  9. of diabetes
  10. down glucose

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
benefits
risk
work
conducted
few
diet
period
diseases

Scientists have (1) ____________ tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health (2) ____________. Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short (3) ____________ of time. It is usually around 24 hours but can be for a (4) ____________ days. The tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the USA and Italy. They found that occasional fasting in mice could reduce the (5) ____________ of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other (6) ____________. The scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-fat (7) ____________. They then gave the mice just 10% of their normal calorie intake for three days. The scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice (8) ____________ better.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sugar
enough
promising
hormone
amounts
organ
effect
much

The pancreas is an (9) ____________ in the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the (10) ____________ insulin. The body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of (11) ____________) in the blood. People with diabetes have trouble producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too (12) ____________ sugar in their blood. This can cause death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes, either not (13) ____________ insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no (14) ____________. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased (15) ____________ of beta cells and insulin. They said their results were very (16) ____________ and that tests now need to be done on humans.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) conducted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many ______
     a.  healthy benefits
     b.  health benefit
     c.  health benefits
     d.  healthy benefit

2)  Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short ______
     a.  periods of time
     b.  period off time
     c.  period of time
     d.  period of timed

3)  It is usually around 24 hours but can be ______
     a.  for a few days
     b.  four a few days
     c.  four a few daze
     d.  for a few daze

4)  fasting in mice could reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and ______
     a.  another diseases
     b.  other diseases
     c.  the other diseases
     d.  others diseases

5)  They then gave the mice just 10% of their normal ______
     a.  calories intake
     b.  calorie outtake
     c.  calorie uptake
     d.  calorie intake

6)  the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the ______
     a.  hormonal insulin
     b.  hormone insulate
     c.  hormones insulin
     d.  hormonal insulate

7)  they have health problems because there is too much sugar ______
     a.  in the blood
     b.  in there blood
     c.  in their blood
     d.  in they're blood

8)  either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced ______
     a.  has not effect
     b.  has none effect
     c.  has now effect
     d.  has no effect

9)  Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased amounts ______
     a.  of beater cells
     b.  of beta calls
     c.  of beta cells
     d.  of better cells

10)  their results were very promising and that tests now need to be ______
     a.  done on humane
     b.  done on human
     c.  doing on humans
     d.  done on humans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have conducted (1) ___________________ showing that fasting could have many health benefits. Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short (2) ___________________. It is usually around 24 hours but can be (3) ___________________. The tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the USA and Italy. They found that occasional fasting in mice could (4) ___________________ diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. The scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate (5) ___________________. They then gave the mice just 10% of their normal (6) ___________________ three days. The scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice work better.

The pancreas (7) ___________________ the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the hormone insulin. The body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) in the blood. People with diabetes have (8) ___________________ enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too much (9) ___________________ blood. This can cause death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes, (10) ___________________ insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no effect. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased (11) ___________________ cells and insulin. They said their results were very promising and that tests now (12) ___________________ humans.

Comprehension questions

  1. On what animals did scientists conduct tests?
  2. In how many different countries did scientists conduct the tests?
  3. What disease could fasting help besides diabetes and heart disease?
  4. What was the diet the animals had high in?
  5. What part of the animal's body worked better because of the fasting?
  6. What kind of cells help to produce the hormone insulin?
  7. What does insulin help to break down in the blood?
  8. What type of diabetes means no insulin is produced?
  9. What can have no effect with a type of diabetes?
  10. What do scientists now want to do their tests on?




Multiple choice quiz

1) On what animals did scientists conduct tests?
a) guinea pigs
b) monkeys
c) mice
d) frogs

2) In how many different countries did scientists conduct the tests?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

3) What disease could fasting help besides diabetes and heart disease?
a) polio
b) tuberculosis
c) cholera
d) cancer

4) What was the diet the animals had high in?
a) fruit
b) fat
c) vitamin C
d) nuts

5) What part of the animal's body worked better because of the fasting?
a) the lungs
b) the brain
c) the pancreas
d) the toes

6) What kind of cells help to produce the hormone insulin?
a) alpha cells
b) beta cells
c) red cells
d) white cells

7) What does insulin help to break down in the blood?
a) beta cells
b) hormone
c) calories
d) glucose

8) What type of diabetes means no insulin is produced?
a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) IV

9) What can have no effect with a type of diabetes?
a) insulin
b) glucose
c) hormones
d) blood

10) What do scientists now want to do their tests on?
a) potatoes
b) robots
c) computers
d) humans

Role play

Role A — Sleep

You think the healthiest thing to do is sleep. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): laugh with friends, go hiking or eat vegetables.

Role B — Laugh With Friends

You think the healthiest thing to do is laugh with friends. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): sleep, go hiking or eat vegetables.

Role C — Go Hiking

You think the healthiest thing to do is go hiking. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): laugh with friends, sleep or eat vegetables.

Role D — Eat Vegetables

You think the healthiest thing to do is eat vegetables. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): laugh with friends, go hiking or sleep.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'health'

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  • and 'benefit'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • organ
    • break
    • much
    • 2
    • effect
    • promising
    • showing
    • short
    • carried
    • risk
    • fat
    • better




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Fasting may lead to health benefits

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'health'?
    3. Why do scientists always do tests on mice?
    4. What do you think of fasting?
    5. What's the longest you could go without food?
    6. What are you like if you have no food?
    7. Why can fasting be good for your health?
    8. What do you know about diabetes?
    9. Should we all have regular training on healthy eating?
    10. How healthy is your diet?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'disease'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about insulin?
    5. What are the dangers of eating too much sugary food?
    6. How much do you worry about your health?
    7. What food would you eat first after fasting and why?
    8. Can you think of any risks of fasting?
    9. Do you think scientists will find a cure for all diseases?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Scientists have (1) ____ tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health benefits. Fasting is eating or drinking very (2) ____ or nothing for a short period of time. It is usually around 24 hours but can be for a (3) ____ days. The tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the USA and Italy. They found that occasional fasting in mice could reduce the risk (4) ____ diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. The scientists (5) ____ mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-fat diet. They then gave the mice just 10% of their (6) ____ calorie intake for three days. The scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice work better.

    The pancreas is an (7) ____ in the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the hormone insulin. The body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) (8) ____ the blood. People with diabetes have trouble producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too much sugar in their blood. This can (9) ____ death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes, (10) ____ not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has (11) ____ effect. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased amounts of beta cells and insulin. They said their results were very promising and that tests now need to be (12) ____ on humans.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     contracted     (b)     constricted     (c)     conducted     (d)     combatted    
    2. (a)     little     (b)     few     (c)     small     (d)     less    
    3. (a)     few     (b)     various     (c)     numerous     (d)     four    
    4. (a)     of     (b)     off     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     feeds     (b)     feeding     (c)     feed     (d)     fed    
    6. (a)     normally     (b)     normalize     (c)     normality     (d)     normal    
    7. (a)     organ     (b)     origin     (c)     original     (d)     organic    
    8. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     cause     (b)     effect     (c)     do     (d)     have    
    10. (a)     or     (b)     either     (c)     nor     (d)     both    
    11. (a)     not     (b)     no     (c)     non     (d)     now    
    12. (a)     done     (b)     been     (c)     had     (d)     gone

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     effect. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased amounts of beta

    (    )     The pancreas is an organ in the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the hormone

    (    )     diabetes, either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no

    (    )     fat diet. They then gave the mice just 10% of their normal calorie intake for three

    (    )     cells and insulin. They said their results were very promising and that tests now need to be done on humans.

    (    )     be for a few days. The tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the USA and

    (    )     diseases. The scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-

    (    )     benefits. Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short period of time. It is usually around 24 hours but can

    (    )     producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too much sugar in their

    (    )     insulin. The body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) in the blood. People with diabetes have trouble

    (    )     Italy. They found that occasional fasting in mice could reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other

    (    )     days. The scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice work better.

    (    )     blood. This can cause death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2

    1  )     Scientists have conducted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health

    Put the words in the right order

    1. is   little   eating   or   or   nothing   drinking   Fasting   very   .
    2. by   tests   scientists   were   at   carried   universities   out   The   .
    3. could   diabetes   reduce   Fasting   the   in   risk   mice   of   .
    4. four   The   fed   for   days   scientists   mice   .
    5. 10%   intake   of   for   their   three   normal   days   calorie   Just   .
    6. an   is  pancreas  The   cells  special  uses  that   body  the  in  organ   .
    7. glucose   The   body   uses   insulin   to   break   down   .
    8. produced   is   that   insulin   The   effect   no   has   .
    9. amounts   increased   produced   diet   fasting   the   on   Mice   .
    10. their   were   promising   said   results   very   They   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists have conducted / contracted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health benefits. Fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing / something for a short period of time. It is usually / unusual around 24 hours but can be for / four a few days. The tests were carried out / in by scientists at universities in the USA and Italy. They found that occasional fasting on / in mice could reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other / others diseases. The scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie, low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-fat diets / diet. They then gave the mice just 10% of their normally / normal calorie intake for three days. The scientists found this diet made / did the pancreas in the mice work better.

    The pancreas is an organic / organ in the body that uses special cells called beta / better cells to produce the hormone insulin. The body used / uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) in the bloody / blood. People with diabetes have trouble producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too many / much sugar in their blood. This can cause death. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing / produce insulin. In type 2 diabetes, either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no affect / effect. Scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased / increase amounts of beta cells and insulin. They said their result / results were very promising and that tests now need to be done / doing on humans.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    scientists have conducted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health benefits fasting is eating or drinking very little or nothing for a short period of time it is usually around 24 hours but can be for a few days the tests were carried out by scientists at universities in the usa and italy they found that occasional fasting in mice could reduce the risk of diabetes heart disease cancer and other diseases the scientists fed mice for four days on a low-calorie low-protein and low-carbohydrate but high-fat diet they then gave the mice just 10% of their normal calorie intake for three days the scientists found this diet made the pancreas in the mice work better

    the pancreas is an organ in the body that uses special cells called beta cells to produce the hormone insulin the body uses insulin to break down glucose (a kind of sugar) in the blood people with diabetes have trouble producing enough insulin so they have health problems because there is too much sugar in their blood this can cause death in type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin in type 2 diabetes either not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced has no effect scientists said the mice on the fasting diet produced increased amounts of beta cells and insulin they said their results were very promising and that tests now need to be done on humans

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    rashortperiodoftime.Itisusuallyaround24hoursbutcanbeforafewday
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    akdownglucose(akindofsugar)intheblood.Peoplewithdiabeteshavet
    roubleproducingenoughinsulinsotheyhavehealthproblemsbecauset
    hereistoomuchsugarintheirblood.Thiscancausedeath.Intype1diabe
    tes,thepancreasstopsproducinginsulin.Intype2diabetes,eithernote
    noughinsulinisproducedortheinsulinthatisproducedhasnoeffect.Sci
    entistssaidthemiceonthefastingdietproducedincreasedamountsofb
    etacellsandinsulin.Theysaidtheirresultswereverypromisingandthatt
    estsnowneedtobedoneonhumans.

    Free writing

    Write about fasting for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We all need to have training on how to eat healthily. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. FASTING: Make a poster about fasting. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DIET TRAINING: Write a magazine article about everyone having training on how to eat healthily. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on fasting. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can change our eating habits to be healthier. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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