The Reading / Listening - Fasting - Level 0

Scientists did tests on mice. They showed that fasting can be healthy. Fasting is eating little or nothing for a day or two. It can help diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The scientists gave the mice low-calorie food for four days. Then the mice had 10% of their normal food for three days. This helped the pancreas in the mice.



The pancreas makes insulin in our body. Insulin breaks down sugar in the blood. People with diabetes have too much sugar. They have health problems and can die. People with diabetes do not produce any insulin or do not produce enough. Scientists said fasting made more insulin. They now want to do the tests on humans.

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    Fasting - Level 1 Fasting - Level 2   or  Fasting - Level 3

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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists did tests
  2. They showed that fasting
  3. Fasting is eating little or nothing
  4. heart
  5. The scientists gave the mice low-
  6. 10% of their normal
  7. for
  8. This helped the pancreas in
  1. food
  2. for a day or two
  3. the mice
  4. calorie food
  5. on mice
  6. three days
  7. can be healthy
  8. disease

Paragraph 2

  1. The pancreas makes
  2. Insulin breaks down sugar
  3. People with
  4. have too
  5. People with diabetes
  6. do not
  7. Scientists said fasting
  8. They now want to do
  1. made more insulin
  2. do not produce any
  3. in the blood
  4. the tests on humans
  5. insulin in our body
  6. much sugar
  7. produce enough
  8. diabetes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ mice. They showed that fasting can be healthy. Fasting (2) ___________________ or nothing (3) ___________________ two. It can help diabetes, heart (4) ___________________. The scientists gave the mice low-calorie food (5) ___________________. Then the mice had 10% (6) ___________________ food for three days. This helped the pancreas in the mice.

The pancreas makes insulin (7) ___________________. Insulin breaks down (8) ___________________ blood. People with diabetes (9) ___________________ sugar. They have health problems and can die. People with diabetes (10) ___________________ insulin or do not produce enough. Scientists said fasting (11) ___________________. They now want to do the (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsdidtestsonmice.Theyshowedthatfastingcanbehealthy.Fas
tingiseatinglittleornothingforadayortwo.Itcanhelpdiabetes,heartdis
easeandcancer.Thescientistsgavethemicelow-caloriefoodforfourda
ys.Thenthemicehad10%oftheirnormalfoodforthreedays.Thishelped
thepancreasinthemice.Thepancreasmakesinsulininourbody.Insulin
breaksdownsugarintheblood.Peoplewithdiabeteshavetoomuchsuga
r.Theyhavehealthproblemsandcandie.Peoplewithdiabetesdonotpro
duceanyinsulinordonotproduceenough.Scientistssaidfastingmade
moreinsulin.Theynowwanttodothetestsonhumans.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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